Distribution of speed cameras

Alistair Lockyer made this Freedom of Information request to Dorset Safety Camera Partnership

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Alistair Lockyer

Dear Dorset Safety Camera Partnership,

How many "safety" cameras are there in Dorset? How many of each type are in operation?

Yours faithfully,

Alistair Lockyer

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Dear Mr Lockyer,

Serial Number: 0005/01/10 (Please quote this reference in future
correspondence regarding this submission).

Thank you for your email of 21 January 2010 concerning Safety Cameras.

The number of safety camera sites operated by the Dorset Safety Camera
Partnership (DSCP) is:

41 Fixed Safety Camera Sites
46 Mobile Safety Camera Sites
13 Red Light Safety Camera Sites (includes 2 x Speed on Green Safety
Camera Sites)

Although the DSCP does hold information about the number of
cameras that are operational at any given time, I consider this
information is
exempt from disclosure by virtue of Section 31 (law enforcement) and
Section 38 (healthy and safety) of the Freedom of Information Act.

Subject to the application of a public interest test, section 31 of the
Act provides that information is exempt if its disclosure would, or
would be likely, to prejudice the prevention or detection of crime, or
the apprehension or prosecution of offenders. Similarly, section 38
provides that information may be withheld, subject to a public interest
test, in situations where disclosure would, or would be likely to,
endanger the safety of any individual.

Having considered the information requested, I have concluded that
the exemption afforded by sections 31(1)(a) and 31(1)(b) of the Freedom
of Information Act does apply, as disclosure would, or would be likely
to, prejudice the prevention or detection of speeding offences and the
apprehension or prosecution of those committing such offences. In
addition, the exemption under section 38(1)(b) of the Act is engaged, as
disclosure would, or would be likely to, endanger the safety of road
users and pedestrians.

I am suitably convinced by the reasoning that if such information were
to be released into the public domain, certain individuals may well use
it to draw conclusions about the likelihood of speeding offences being
detected at different times by cameras at this site and thus calculate
the percentage risk of activating a safety camera. This would render the
camera deployment less effective; and any lessening of the deterrent
effect of such cameras would consequently be likely to present a direct
threat to the safety of road users and could result in an increase in
the number of casualties caused by speeding vehicles.

In considering the public interest test, I acknowledge that, as a
general principle, there is a strong public interest in public
authorities being as open and transparent as possible. However, this
principle needs to be balanced in this case against the need to enforce
the law and to improve the safety of the roads for the public at large
by ensuring that effective measures are taken to reduce the risks caused
by excessive speed.

I therefore considered that in all the circumstances of the
case the greater public interest lies in withholding the information you
have asked for, and as such, this aspect of your request is refused at
this time.

In the event that you wish to complain about the manner in which your
enquiry has been handled, you should write in the first instance to:

Head of the Fixed Penalty Department
Dorset Police
Dorset Police Headquarters


Brian Austin
Freedom of Information Manager

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