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Police retain speed camera option

Speed testing equipment
Police say the Safety Camera Partnership has a good track record

Police in Wiltshire have said mobile speed cameras could be used in Swindon even if fixed cameras are abolished.

The town's ruling Conservative group wants to pull out of the Safety Camera Partnership in a council vote on Wednesday evening.

It would mean the end to fixed position cameras but Wiltshire Police said the force may enforce speed limits with mobile patrols.

The force would need to apply for government funding to do this.

In a statement it said: "The police are able to point to abundant evidence of the effectiveness of cameras amongst a series of other enforcement activities including education, and engineering solutions that do reduce the risk of collisions.

Speed cameras

"The Safety Camera Partnership within Wiltshire has a good track record of reducing serious collisions on our roads but understandably we will listen to our partners on options for the future."

If Swindon Borough Council's ruling Conservative group pulls out of the Safety Camera Partnership, the move would mean the authority could become the first in England to stop using speed cameras.

Cabinet transport spokesman Peter Greenhalgh has said he expected the move to be rubber-stamped on 22 October.

"The recommendation is for the council to give notice to withdraw from the partnership from April," said Mr Greenhalgh.

"It is in line with a Department for Transport report published on 25 September which said speed is only responsible for six percent of accidents," he said.

The authority said it spent 320,000 per year on funding speed cameras in the town.

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