Speed cameras to be turned off

By <b>Matthew Bates Wednesday 14 November 2012 Updated: 16/11 16:29

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EVERY speed camera in the West Midlands will be switched off from April, it has been confirmed.

None of the 302 cameras will be used but some could be left where they are as a deterrent to motorists.

Only seven cameras in Coventry currently remain in use - with none being used in areas regarded as accident hot spots.

Three sit in ‘amber’ areas with the other four in ‘green’ spots considered the safest.

Members of the West Midlands Planning and Transportation sub committee confirmed the changes this week.

They looked at upgrading cameras at accident hot spots from the outdated wet-film technology at a cost of up to £500,000.

But it would only have affected three city cameras and has been put on hold.

Mobile sites will instead be used with four vans equipped with digital cameras manning existing areas for periods of two to three hours at a time.

Funding for all cameras was axed in March last year with operating costs met by West Midlands Police through the use of fees paid by motorists summoned to speed awareness courses.

Some authorities have already been forced to cover up out-of-use cameras after they were left vandalised.

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