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Minister responds to arson attack on Ballaugh safety camera 31 January 2007

The Minister for Transport, the Hon David Anderson MHK, insists the culprits who set fire to the road safety camera in Ballaugh will not force the Department into removing it.

‘I’m deeply disappointed by these actions,’ said Mr Anderson. ‘This is the second time this has happened since the camera was installed. I don’t think those responsible realise that they are not only putting themselves in danger, they are costing the taxpayer money – and that includes the culprits and their families and friends.’
‘It is a criminal offence and those responsible are risking a prison sentence. Setting fire to this camera is comparable to taking down a stop sign or give way sign – they are all important facets of our highways network and are there to promote road safety.’
‘The culprits may believe that the Ballaugh safety camera is a speed camera, but it is not. It is there to encourage road safety. It is not a tool with which to prosecute those exceeding the speed limit and there is no revenue gained from it.’
‘The Department’s priority is to reduce the number of casualties on our roads. We could have invested in state-of-the-art technology that would penalise drivers and raise revenue, but instead we put our faith in a system that reinforces the natural inclination of drivers to drive according to the road conditions.’
‘It also provides us with invaluable data and information that will help us in determining the cause of any accident or near miss at what has proved to be a dangerous junction over the years.’
‘If those responsible think for one moment that repeated attempts like this will result in the camera being removed, they are wrong. They will only risk their liberty – and cost taxpayers even more money.’

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