There should be a growing rumble about speed cameras
I feel like a broken record, going round and round but getting nowhere. Your report concerning a roadside hedge at an accident hotspot makes me wonder what the politicians are really concerned about — getting problems solved or their political careers.
Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, is quoted as saying “the owner of the field had already moved the hedge back and that given the higher speeds along that stretch of South Road, the easiest solution would likely be to order the hedge to be moved again”.
Duh!! The easiest solution would be to apply the law: 35km/h.
Why should the owner of that land be forced to spend more money when the hedge has already been moved? Sure, property owners have an obligation to keep their hedges trimmed and not invade on to the public roads.
This is not a problem at Zuill’s Park Road and South Road; it is an island-wide problem. No government of any political persuasion has had the guts to tackle the problem head-on because they consider it would be political suicide. The last time I can remember the Bermuda Police Service attempting to get things under control was about 2008.
They did a blitz one morning, arresting people for outstanding warrants, etc, causing residents to be very late for work. This caused an uproar from the politicians under the leadership of Ewart Brown, objecting to their constituents being detained. Wonderful from the political point of view, but not from the laws promulgated by the august assembly.
This government is sold on rumble strips “having a calming effect”, which is totally useless — the only thing they do is irritate those persons whose homes are by these strips and who are disturbed by the noise of traffic going over them.
Why is the Government so resistant to technology that has been in existence for years — speed cameras that record the vehicle number and the speed, and generate an automatic ticket? Guess they are afraid of being caught.
Until some government has the guts to pass legislation that has some substance, it will be the same old, same old. Increase the fines and, if not paid within three months, confiscate the vehicle that can be returned on payment of the fines.
I agree with correspondent Wayne B. Scott. More than 90 persons have lost their lives on the roads since 2010; more than 90 too many.
Meetings will be held, promises made, a lot of hot air — and the end result will be nada. Nothing.
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