MPs attack use of speed cameras over police patrols
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More traffic police officers are needed to match the rise in the number of speed cameras on British roads, MPs will say today.
A report by the Transport Select Committee is set to say that speed cameras should never replace police traffic patrols.
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The MPs will point out that although the number of speed cameras has increased, there are fewer officers on patrol than there were a decade ago.
The report, called Roads Policing and Technology - Getting the Balance Right, will highlight that more money from fines is spent on more cameras, rather than more officers.
The Government has already said money from fines will be spent on safety measures rather than just cameras next year but opponents have criticised the emphasis on electronic policing.
Shadow transport spokesman Chris Grayling said drivers found it too easy to drive without insurance because traffic laws were more likely to be enforced by cameras rather than officers.