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Monday, 3 April, 2000, 05:14 GMT 06:14 UK
Speeders to pay the price
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Police aim to cut the number of accidents
New speed cameras have been installed in Glasgow as part of a UK-wide pilot scheme in which police will recoup the installation costs through the fines received from motorists.

Strathclyde Police and Glasgow City Council say the scheme is designed to improve road safety.

Normally money raised from fines levied after a motorist passes a traffic camera at more than the speed limit goes straight to the Treasury.


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New speed cameras have been installed
Under this pilot scheme in Glasgow and seven authorities south of the border, the cost of installing the grey box camera sites and maintaining them will be recovered by the police.

The benefit to the police is that they will get back the huge cost of the special speed cameras, up to 80,000 each, as well as the expense of changing films and moving the cameras around the six new sites.

The cost of proceeding against speeders will also be met, meaning fewer will escape prosecution.

Although the Glasgow cameras will work on film, a similar pilot in Nottinghamshire will use cheaper, more reliable digital cameras, allowing warning or prosecution notices to be sent automatically to drivers breaking the speed limit.

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