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Changes at Dorset Road Safe
 
It seems DRS will be reducing the number of fixed speed cameras and increasing the number of mobile cameras. If the mobile cameras are deployed where they are likely to detect dangerous speeding it could be a step in the right direction.
 
“Dorset Road Safe is looking to increase mobile camera operations which will allow for greater flexibility in targeting areas with high collision rates and also in working with communities whose lives are impacted by speeding vehicles.”
 
So a complete change from the past, when it seemed that deliberate targeting of the safest areas in order to achieve highest possible fine counts, and completely ignoring the complaints of the effected communities against them, were the main objectives and achievements.
 
Do we believe it? Until DRS admit that it has been badly misguided in the past and will now focus on the real problems on the road instead of setting up operations like the greed on green, I don't think we will.
 
If it happens, it will be progress, although there is no indication that other dangerous and incompetent driving will be targeted, which is what is desperately needed.
 
We look forward to seeing the detail and hope for much improved policing on the roads in Dorset, although more is needed than announced by DRS so far. The release is sickeningly titled “Continuing Support for Safety Cameras in Dorset”

Incredibly, Poole and Bourenmouth councils, and Dorset Road Safe, refused to comment to the BBC on the release. As pointed out by a supporter, "at least it's not just the general public who get no answers from their elected representatives, but the local media ask in vain as well!" See DorsetSpeed on BBC South
 
Full release text:
14 September 2010
 
NEWS RELEASE
 
Continuing Support for Safety Cameras in Dorset
 
The three local authorities in Dorset have committed to supporting the continuation of Dorset Road Safe and have dedicated funds available through the Local Transport Plan.  As a result of the reduction in funding for road safety recently announced by central government, it has been necessary for Bournemouth Borough Council Dorset County Council and Borough of Poole to review their funding of Dorset Road Safe.
 
A comprehensive review of all operations conducted by Dorset Road Safe has recently been undertaken. As part of that review, a decision has been made to reduce the number of fixed camera sites operated across Dorset. However, Dorset Road Safe is looking to increase mobile camera operations which will allow for greater flexibility in targeting areas with high collision rates and also in working with communities whose lives are impacted by speeding vehicles.
 
Dorset Road Safe and its partners have always been committed to the three strand approach to road safety of education, engineering and enforcement. As such Dorset Road Safe will continue to analyse collisions and driver behaviour data to maintain an 'intelligence led' approach to road safety. Handling of media enquiries and Freedom of Information (FoI) requests will also continue.Dorset Road Safe will continue to be a leading partner in delivering safer roads in Dorset for all road users.