Speed cameras in South Yorkshire have overwhelmingly been branded ‘moneymakers’.
Hundreds of readers have cast their vote on The Star’s website at www.thestar.co.uk – with just 22 per cent saying they really improve road safety, compared with 78 per cent who think they just raise cash.
The vote comes after it was revealed a camera on the A57 Sheffield Parkway, near Cutlers Gate, has caught 14,955 drivers in just three years – raising a potential £897,300 in fines.
Posting on www.thestar.co.uk, reader Sprinkle588 said: “Anybody that says these cash cows are anything other than to make even more money from honest motorists are deluded idiots who are probably the ones causing a lot of accidents because of their heavy braking and poor motorway driving.”
And Grayling said: “They’re purely and simply money-making machines, you only have to look at some of the locations they’re placed in to realise that.”
Ignoranceisbliss posted: “They are and always have been a money-making machine. If they say it’s not, then let them put speed humps on the Parkway as that will slow drivers down.”
Awreetthen said: “The fines are purely a tax which has no relationship to either safety or capability.”
However, some motorists defended the cameras, saying the only people forced to pay were those breaking the law.
TW19 posted: Of course they raise money, but only from people breaking a law. If you don’t want to get fined, don’t break the law.”
And Sheffielderinthesouth posted: “It really is quite simple. If you do not want the fine or the points – dont break the speed limit.”
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, head of roads policing for South Yorkshire Police, said cameras were important in improving road safety.
He said: “This isn’t really about money making – it is about trying to stop people using speed irresponsibly and causing collisions.”
And he said the A57 camera was needed as there was a history of collisions in the area as people changed lanes and came in at speed.
He said: “It’s not an area which has had a recent fatality, but it has had injury accidents, although that is reducing.”