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Budget cuts could halt speed cameras

PUBLISHED: 15:44 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:50 23 August 2010

SPEED cameras across the county could be turned off following budget cuts. About £500,000 has been slashed from the grant provided to Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, following reductions to Kent County Council s budget and the future of the dev

SPEED cameras across the county could be turned off following budget cuts.

About £500,000 has been slashed from the grant provided to Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, following reductions to Kent County Council's budget and the future of the devices will be decided at a spending review in October.

Cameras in Kent collected about £1.8 million in fines in 2009, with more than 30,000 tickets issued, but the money is paid directly to central government rather than back into the local economy.

Nick Chard, Kent County Council cabinet member for highways, said: "In recent years safety cameras have contributed to casualty reduction in Kent. We will review the effectiveness of our safety cameras. This will not be a knee-jerk reaction to a reduction in funding of cameras."

The Camera Safety Partnership has urged for the devices to remain active stating accidents at blackspots has dropped by 72 per cent since cameras were introduced in 2002, adding they also help save public authorities millions.

A spokesman said: "Each fatal crash costs the taxpayer around £1.5 million."

Cameras in Oxfordshire were turned off at the end of last month and reviews are taking place across the country after the government cut more than £30 million from its road safety funding.

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