This idea does get floated occasionally, and I know I shouldn’t let it wind me up, but it does.
In a report published today, the Sustainable Development Commission has called on ministers to bring in the cameras to ensure that motorists stick to the 70 mph limit.
This alone would achieve a reduction of of 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, the Commission says.
Okay. Let’s forget the arguments about climate change. Let’s forget the arguments about the futility of an arbitrary speed limit that is lower than much of mainland Europe.
Over the last 18 months, I have been privileged (!) to cover thousands of motorway miles under average speed cameras. Through and around road works on the M1, M6, M62, M18, M25, M3 and M4. There’s now also a permanent SPECS installation covering a new 50MPH section at M3 J2-3.
Three key points need to be made:
- Driving under the constant scrutiny of average speed cameras is much more stressful than otherwise. This makes long journeys un-necessarily tiring.
- The combination of tiring with boring makes accidents due to loss of attention much more likely
- The rolling road block effect that these cameras have causes traffic to bunch and this makes changing lanes – hence joining and leaving the motorway – very difficult.
But I don’t suppose any of this matters to the haters of motoring and motorists.
Shitheads to a man.
For more see http://www.safespeed.org.uk/