Whilst Community Speed Watch volunteers in Burntwood give their time (and risk some abuse) trying to make our roads safer in Chasetown, Chase Terrace and Boney Hay Staffordshire Police admit they only have 5% of their cameras switched on.
It might be that there is a camera somewhere in the Burntwood and Hammerwich area that is working but in a reply to the Press Association’s Freedom of Information request last week Staffordshire Police responded to say that only 14 out of their 272 road safety cameras are switched on.
Clearly they are not “switched on” to the benefit of deterrence – unlike the West Midlands Force which has 100% operating. Their Police and Crime Commissioner has reported recently on a 14% reduction in accidents because of this different attitude to road safety. West Mercia has 69% switched on and even Warwickshire has 33% operating. Our Police and Crime Commissioner has not issued a statement or apology.
So we can be pretty sure that this camera on Cannock Road (outside Burntwood Park where children play) is not switched on but if it is then clearly Lichfield District Council, who are responsible for the trees, don’t want anybody being caught there.
Road Safety organisation Brake has commented on this finding and if you want statistics to help you lobby Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner then take a look at their website.