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Speed Cameras in Operation

Question

I am conducting research on speed cameras and I would be grateful for information provided under the freedom of information act on the following questions:

Q1. How many speed cameras are currently in operation in the area administered by the Police Force?

Q2. What was the total value of penalty fines issued to motorists from speed cameras by the Police Force, over the last 2 years, 2013/2014 – 2014/2015?

Q3. I would also like to examine the impact speed cameras have on road safety by comparing the number of road accidents that occurred before and after a speed camera has been installed, please could information be provided to address the following:  How many accidents were recorded on a stretch of road 2 years before a speed camera was installed?

Q4. On that same stretch of road how many road accidents were recorded 2 years after the speed camera was installed?

Clarification received 23rd February 2016

The cameras in question are any fixed placed speed camera location as we are looking to examine the relationship between the installation of speed cameras and the impact on numbers of accidents on the area of road they are meant to cover.  

Answer

Q1. I am not obliged to supply the information you have requested in question 1. The exemption applicable to this information is Section 21 – Information reasonably accessible by other means. This is an absolute and class based exemption and as such does not require a harm and public interest test.

The information requested is publicly available to view on our speed enforcement website. I have provided a link for reference. In accordance with the Act, this represents a Refusal Notice for your request.

Q2. Please not that we do not collect penalty fines. Please see the below for the number of Notices of Intended Prosecution (NIPs) issued.

Year

NIPs issued

April 2013   – March 2014

84,051

April 2014   – March 2015

121,168

Please find the information requested in questions 3 and 4 in the attached file. Please note that this information is in relation to injury accidents only.

 

FOI Ref: 304/16

Date of Request: 22.02.16