Wednesday, 3 November 2010

All Seeing Speed Cameras - or ASSET

A new type of road safety camera that as well as catching speeding motorists, will be able to pick out those not wearing a seatbelt, identify tailgating and can recognise number plates, so will be able to identify those cars without tax or insurance as well. ASSET (advanced safety and driver support for essential road transport).

Are drivers a soft touch for raising extra revenue or will this new type of camera really lead to improved road safety and catching those without TAX and insurance.

Depending on which report you read, speed cameras have either saved thousands of lives or not made the slightest bit of difference to road safety, with the only beneficiary being the treasury!

My argument after having been involved in two serious accidents in the past 10 months and two very near misses is that the other drivers who were at fault in all the incidents would still not have been caught by the new ASSET cameras. Speed wasn't a factor, nor was tailgating. In all incidents it was just the drivers not paying attention. So I guess my question is will these make any difference to Road safety or just bump up the government coffers.

One thing I think will improve road safety, especially if you're driving a dark grey car (my C4 Picasso despite its size seemed difficult to see on the road to other drivers) - is drive with your lights on at all times.


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