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Swinton is urging motorists to watch their speed as the axe begins to fall on speed cameras across the UK.

Following The Department for Transport’s decision to cut its national road safety budget by GBP 38m, local councils across the UK are facing difficult decisions on the future of speed cameras in their county.

All speed cameras in Wiltshire will be switched off in the autumn, after the closure of the Wiltshire and Swindon Camera Safety Partnership, along with Oxfordshire’s entire network of 72 cameras. Northamptonshire has switched off eight of its 42 cameras and Somerset is to axe nine of its 26 cameras in coming weeks.

In response, Swinton, the UK’s leading high street car insurance retailer is urging motorists to self-regulate their driving and make sure they are still aware and observant of their speed, as with no speed cameras there is a growing fear accidents will rise.

Steve Chelton, Insurer development manager at Swinton, said, “Without speed cameras, motorists may be more inclined to drive faster than the speed limit. We’re urging motorists to ensure they adhere to speed limits, which reduces the risk of both an accident and a speeding conviction, both of which can have a significant impact on future car insurance premiums.”

About Swinton

— With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance broker. — Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community. — Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance with a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

Contacts: SKV Communications Anoushka Done, Caroline Eardley or Mairead Rodden 0161 838 7770

SOURCE: Swinton