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Durham Constabulary is one of the few UK police forces which does not particpate in a 'safety camera partnership' racket.
The force slogan is "Aiming for Excellence" which makes a pleasant change from "Aiming for Profit".
On their website, Durham Constabulary say:
"The pro-camera lobby, and a lot of the safety partnerships, deliberately misquote the statistics to try and mislead people to try and justify their position. "I think it is disingenuous if we are really intent on reducing casualties on the road - as opposed to enforcing speed limits and dishing out lots of tickets."
"More accidents are caused by inattention, drink driving, or nowadays, more by driving under the influence of drugs. And these statistics adopted by certain forces show a woolly area regarding the proximity of speed cameras. Some statistics are taken from an area 20 metres from a camera and others from a two-kilometre radius.
"This force is not soft on speeding motorists. Our officers issue 7,000 speeding tickets a year. We adopt an intelligence-led approach by looking at persistent offenders and also targeting drink and drug driving and bad driving."
"Perhaps the Government should be held accountable for the fact that they have not agreed to fund the upgrading of the A66. That would save many more lives than speed cameras. The speed cameras issue is not a point of principle, it is a fact that they are pointless."
Paul Garvin, Chief Constable, Durham Constabulary, 2004
The Journal 2004-06-16

 
Fatalities in Durham Constabulary area1:1
  68
56
48
38
35
52
47
36
44
33
23
27
42
42
32
 
  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004  

Serious Injuries1:4
  388
374
377
291
331
345
330
280
257
232
242
231
253
235
226
 
  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004  

Slight Injuries1:25
  2595
2400
2492
2498
2238
2484
2687
2754
2747
2381
2458
2444
2513
2501
2352
 
  1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004  
Source: National Statistics — Road Casualties in Great Britain

The 'safety' camera racketeers tried to gang up on Durham's Chief Constable in an attempt to bully him into joining their little scam. They eagerly seized on the fact that fatal accidents in Durham increased significantly between 2001 and 2002. Durham Constabulary stated that this was a merely a statistical blip, a claimed later proved by the reduction to 32 in 2004..
 
David Begg, chairman of the rapidly dis-integrating transport commission, was just one who cherry picked the 2001–2002 statistics for Durham & North Wales to 'prove' that speed cameras work in a letter to the Times. What, you may ask, have speed cameras got to do with 'integrated transport' policy? Nothing at all — Begg's letter merely proves what we already know — that the 'Integrated Transport Commission' is nothing but a front for government anti-car policy.
 
As our graphs show, the number of fatal accidents in 2002 was in fact less than in 1995, 96, & 98; and injury accidents remain lower than 1996–98.
 
Reductions in all categories in 2004 prove that you don't need speed cameras to reduce accidents.
 
"Exceeding the speed limit related to just 60 collisions per year out of a total of 1,900 collisions in the Durham area ó thatís about 3%."
Paul Garvin, Chief Constable, Durham Constabulary, 2003
Sunday Times 2003-11-23
Press articles on some of the fatal accidents in 2002:
 

 
 

Saddler Street, Durham.
Photo courtesy of Grzegorz Wardzinski

Saddler Street
Durham's silly little toll road scheme has become a disaster for local traders who are forced to pay £2 whenever they have to deliver anything to their shops. The road in question is a narrow cul-de-sac and the only road leading to the promontory upon which the cathedral sits. Map
No-one is going to drive down this road unless they are intending to visit a shop, business, or resident on the promontory. The toll isn't about reducing congestion, it's about raking in money — only the plan isn't working. Council estimates of how many drivers would still use the road have proven to be hopelessly wrong after most drivers decided to boycott the tolls.
Shuttle buses set up by the council have become something of a running joke.
 
It is extremely rare to see any passengers on the shuttle buses.
Roger Cornwell, chairman of the City of Durham Trust

 
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