Speed cameras do act as deterrent
I have just read your story (Clitheroe Advertiser, September 19th) regarding the horrendous two-car crash at Whalley on August 16th.
I remember this, as friends we were meeting for dinner were very late because of the crash.
I travel 247 miles each way (to junction 47 of A1 then onto the A59) on my annual pilgrimage back to Clitheroe, from where I was evacuated 1944-45.
For most parts the A59 is a good road, if treated properly and with respect, particularly to other road users.
Where we live in Essex I frequently use the M11 and M25 motorways and the London North Circular road (A406) – all notorious roads which I had driven daily for 20 years before retirement.
Last year I had need to make two round trips to Clitheroe involving some 1,000 miles, all within 10 days, and the only near-misses experienced were on the A59 close to Clitheroe with motorcyclists travelling – sometimes “racing” – far too fast, especially on roundabouts.
Here in London and its suburbs we have armies of speed-cameras, particularly near “blackspots”, also traffic-light cameras which kick-in when motorists “jump” the lights – these do really seem to act as a deterrent.
James (Nick) Godlonton,
Woodford Green, Essex