HC Deb 24 April 1958 vol 586 cc99-100W
Mr. Llewellyn

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has regarding the effect of radar speed meters in checking speeding and cutting down accidents where tried in Great Britain; and when it is proposed to use this device in Wales.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The use of the radar speed meter on an experimental basis in the Metropolitan Police District was started only three months ago, and I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that it is too early to form any estimate of its effects on compliance with the law relating to speed limits and on numbers of accidents. My hon. Friend may have seen reports of a statement by the Chief Constable of Lancashire that there was a reduction in the number of accidents when the meter was taken into use in the county. It is for the chief officer of police in any area to decide whether a particular method of enforcing the speed limit should be adopted.

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