Sunday, November 22, 1998 Published at 15:38 GMT
Speed cameras give police a headache
Speed cameras have become a common sight on Britain's roads
Thousands of motorists are getting away with speeding because the police do not have the money to take them all to court.
Last year Avon and Somerset's cameras detected 399,000 speeding offences but only 12,000 were prosecuted.
Mr Pilkington says: "We are looking to recover costs of £20 for each prosecution.
'Where is the money going to come from?'
"At the moment we recover nothing so I have to find that money from other areas of the budget.
"If we are talking about 10,000 extra prosecutions a year I could be talking about taking three or four policemen off the street."
The Liberal Democrats say the money should go back to local authorities to pay for more prosecutions and more police officers on the beat.
"You might imagine at the end of the year if you wanted to catch more burglars and were a bit short of money there would be a temptation to up your effort on motorists.
"Are they going to do a calculation of how many motorists to the burglar? I think it would bring the police into disrepute."