Police to double speed cameras

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The Metropolitan Police is to double the number of cameras designed to catch speeding motorists after a scheme helped to reduce accident figures in west London.

There are 75 cameras at sites with bad accident records and this is to be increased by the end of the year. Figures for the first six months that cameras installed in west London were in use show that the number of deaths fell from 12 to one, compared with the previous six months. Injuries fell from 902 to 706 and serious injuries were cut by 43 to 103. Chief Superintendent Kevin Delaney, head of traffic, said that between 1,000 and 2,000 drivers had been prosecuted.