Speed cameras 'to be switched on'

A county is close to switching its fixed speed cameras back on after pulling the plug on them amid Government cuts, it has been revealed.

Oxfordshire County Council called time on its funding for the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership after the Government announced plans to slash the road safety grant.

But the council andThames Valley Police have revealed that the cameras switched off in Oxfordshire on August 1 could soon be back on.

The two organisations said they were close to agreeing terms on a new arrangement regarding the devices.

The Thames Valley Partnership said that its monitoring of camera sites after the August 1 switch-off had revealed a sharp rise in drivers exceeding speed limits.

Motorists who have fallen into bad habits since the cameras were turned off could end up with highercar insurance premiums if they are caught out when the devices are switched on again.

Partnership spokesman Dan Campsall said: "Safety cameras are a proven tool for reducing death and injury and there is clear evidence that switching them off has increased risk.

"We would be pleased to see the cameras reinstated in Oxfordshire. They are a valuable safety measure for the residents and all who use the roads."

Thames Valley Police said: "Speed continues to be one of the main risk factors on the roads, and the safety cameras form an important part of tackling driver behaviour."

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