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MP's praise as police back off on speed cameras

HYNDBURN MP Greg Pope has applauded a decision to look at ways of relaxing speed camera rules.

HYNDBURN MP Greg Pope has applauded a decision to look at ways of relaxing speed camera rules.

Lancashire Police have launched a three-month review to look at a range of issues surrounding speed cameras. Chief Constable Paul Stephenson has hinted that drivers could be let off with a caution if caught travelling at up to 37mph in a 30mph zone.

He said: "The review will look to introduce cautioning for the bottom-end range of speeding offences and look at a better trigger point for the speed awareness course that currently operates."

He added: "There is a perception that people who commit criminal offences and who, quite properly and according to the guidelines, get a caution, have an easier ride than those who speed at the lower end. While clearly the comparison is not a helpful one, I do nevertheless have some very real sympathy for this perception.

"For any criminal justice system to be effective it has to be seen to be fair. It just cannot be right when people feel that our response within that system is disproportionate."

Mr Pope said this week: "It is good that the police are listening to people, like myself, who are extremely concerned by the sheer number of cameras in East Lancashire. The point has been made before that if you are an unwary motorist visiting the area for the first time, you could lose your licence in a single afternoon."

But he added: "This is not to say that there is an excuse for people to break the speed limit. I was clocked doing 36mph in a 30mph zone and stumped up the fine and got three penalty points. But I welcome the fact the police are now being more flexible in their approach."

Another deterrent being considered is having more signs showing how fast people are travelling and warning them to slow down.


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