The man in charge of policing the county’s roads has insisted motorists drove faster while our speed cameras were turned off.Well, d’uh!
The comments by Supt Rob Povey, head of roads policing, came as lenses were once again trained on speeding drivers after a six month period which saw the number of deaths on Oxfordshire’s roads rise by 50 per cent.That six month period, as commenters point out, encompassing the dreadful snow and ice-filled winter we’ve just had…
Cameras were turned off in August after Oxfordshire County Council said it would not pay £600,000 a year to help keep them on. But, after figures showed the number of deaths climbing from 12 to 18, and serious injuries rising from 160 to 179, police have decided to turn them back on.And in what period did these ‘extra’ deaths occur? And were they down solely to speed? We don’t know, because Supt Rob doesn’t deem his public worthy of that sort of information. But wait, I thought the police were short of money?
The full cost of running the cameras, estimated to be about £800,000, will fall to the police from today. Oxfordshire County Council will, however, pay for maintenance at the 72 fixed camera sites, which will cost about £600 per camera.Oh. Clearly not. But am I being a bit harsh, here? Maybe Supt Rob genuinely believes that the increase in the death rate is down to speed and speed along, and is therefore at least acting in good fai… Oh. Wait.
Supt Povey said police made the decision to turn the cameras back on last year, but it had taken time to find necessary funding and put the wheels in motion.‘Last year’, eh? When, exactly? September?