Questions over speed cameras

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THE statistics concerning speed cameras is inconsistent. But the overall concern must be that they are not doing their job of making our roads safer.

In some locations, accident rates have remained the same, in others they have fallen slightly. But in the remainder, worryingly, accident rates have actually risen. That simply cannot be comforting information for the organisation which operates these devices and which calls itself the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership.

Many motorists argue that speed cameras are primarily there to raise as much money as possible from hard-pressed motorists. This claim is strongly denied by the operators who stress the safety aspect of their work.

Therefore, we have to question whether there has been any comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of how, where and why the 56 cameras have been positioned around South Yorkshire.

If motorists are to trust that these cameras are not at the side of our roads to fill the Treasury’s pockets, then the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership must show that it is aware of the questionable conclusions of the statistics they have placed before the public – and are doing something about the question.

Results show we value education

CHEERS and tears once more greet the disclosure of local students’ GCSE results. There are those who did well and achieved the grades they had aimed for and others who are now wondering which way forward after receiving disappointing grades.

However, we are sure that there is plenty of scope for celebration and congratulations, not only to the students but also to their parents and the city’s teachers.

Between them they have shown that there remains an over-riding understanding that education qualifications are still highly important in helping to map out young people’s futures.

And it is, therefore, encouraging to see that there are plenty of trends to be identified in Sheffield where schools have built on previous success levels.

Preserve collection

THESE are hard economic times and cutbacks must be made. But we cannot help but feel it would be wrong to close Sheffield’s Traditional Heritage Museum.

This is a unique resource in Sheffield and a fascinating link to a past which still reverberates strongly in the lives of thousands of our readers. Sheffield University, owners of the ‘secret museum’, are understandably worried about massive repair and restoration costs building up for the former church hall which houses the collection. However, we hope they can find a way to preserve the collection.

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