Communities would have a bigger say on the location of speed cameras on dangerous roads under plans by a crusading Tory MP.
The aim is to ensure the devices are in place before more crashes happen at accident black spots.
In 2021, 7,439 people were injured and 253 killed on roads when speed was a factor.
Now Mark Eastwood wants reform so it is no longer the case “multiple people need to have died or been seriously injured in order for authorities to take any action”.
The Dewsbury MP’s law would force the Government to overhaul guidance on camera locations and make it easier for people to
petition to have them in their areas.
He said: “This isn’t about wanting to punish responsible drivers
or set traps to create revenue – it
is about a sensible way to make roads safer.”
His proposed change is winning cross-party support.
Mr Eastwood, who will introduce his legislation on Wednesday, added: “This is an issue that goes beyond party politics. We all want to see fewer people injured and killed on our roads.”
The plan also has the backing of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Rospa road safety manager Rebecca Guy said the evidence shows speed cameras “are not only effective at reducing speeds and preventing accidents, but can also reduce severity when accidents do occur”.
The Department for Transport said it is for the police and traffic authorities to decide whether to install cameras.