or probably not.
Driving along Cannock Road in Burntwood (at about 26 mph) I noticed the leaves had gone from in front of what is supposed to be a safety camera installed to deter speeding motorists in Burntwood. Well credit where it is due, I thought, when I get back I must thank the Police and Crime Commissioner and/or Lichfield District Council’s Parks dept.
On the return journey (27 mph) it was clear they had nothing to do with it! It was Mother Nature that had provided a clear view for the camera. Neither Staffordshire’s Tory Police and Crime Commissioner or the Tory District Council have done anything to make Burntwood’s Road safer.
If this is one of the cameras on 3000 miles of roads (excluding Stoke On Trent) that is switched on then it’s only going to work between November and March or April each year!
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.