KEEPING WELSH ROADS SAFER
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KEEPING WELSH ROADS SAFER

Dispelling the Myths

We are frequently asked the sorts of questions you see below. Many of these are subject to myth and we've given you the actual facts.
 
Myth: Safety cameras are just an easy way of making money for the police.
Fact: Safety cameras are there to save lives and make the roads safer not to make money.

Neither the police nor any other partners within GoSafe make any profit from speed and red light fines. All fine revenue is passed to the Treasury. GoSafe is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government (WG) with the remainder of our operating costs being provided by means of a grant provided at the discretion of the Police and Crime Commissioners for Wales, based on receipts derived from motorists who attend diversionary courses, for example Speed Awareness Courses

Myth: Your operators are impersonating Police officers

Fact: GoSafe speed reduction officers are Police staff in Police vehicles.

They are directed in their duties by Police Sergeants/Inspectors. They record offences of speed, non-wearing of seatbelts and mobile phone use. Those offences are then processed via offices in North Wales and South Wales Police.

Myth: Safety cameras are hidden to catch motorists out and are placed where they will record the most speeding offences.

Fact: GoSafe place speed and red light cameras where people have been killed or injured, where excessive speeds have been recorded or at a Community Concern site.

Cameras are not hidden to catch drivers out or placed where they will record the most speeding offences. Cameras are there to encourage motorists to drive within the speed limit so the most successful cameras are those which record the LEAST number of offences not the most.

We publish the locations of all our fixed cameras and and also our core and community concern mobile cameras on our website.  However, we ask motorists to drive within the speed limit at all times not just at camera locations.

Myth: Cameras are not used on the most dangerous roads.
Fact: The Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership place speed and red light cameras where people have been killed or injured or where excessive speeds have been recorded. We can operate at road works, schools and areas of community concern throughout Wales.