Hidden speed cameras criticised

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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A motoring group has criticised Humberside Police’s tactic of hiding speed cameras in roadside tractors.

Operation Kansas in the East Riding of Yorkshire has clocked drivers and motorcyclists travelling over 100mph on rural roads, but the RAC has questioned the methods used by officers to catch the speeders.

Simon Williams, spokesman for the group, said hiding speed cameras is not the answer. He claimed speed cameras, when painted yellow, are a highly effective way of getting motorists to slow down.

Department for Transport guidelines state speed cameras should be visible. But photographs have emerged of officers inside agricultural vehicles parked at the roadside on the B1253, which stretches across the Yorkshire Wolds from North Grimston to Bridlington.

Inspector Mark Hughes, from Humberside Police Road Policing, said speeds in the high 90s and over 100mph are regularly recorded by officers as part of Operation Kansas.

He added the tactic of hiding cameras in tractors was aimed at catching motorcyclists and drivers putting others at risk by travelling at very high speed on rural roads, where the national speed limit of 60mph is in force.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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