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Dated: 16 August 2010

Speed Cameras Replaced With Trees


An interesting alternative to the ugly, much-loathed yellow speed cameras is being tested by the Norfolk County Council according to an article published today by the UK’s version of autoblog.com. Along many of the County’s smaller roads they have planted 200 trees, in place of the cameras, at a cost of £70,000.

At first this might seem like a bit of a peculiar method when tackling the issue of speeding motorists, but there is method in the madness. The trees were planted at various lengths, with the distance between each tree becoming closer and closer as the road entered a village. The purpose of this is to give the illusion of speed, making the driver slow down automatically.

Norfolk's casualty reduction manager told the autoblog website that, “If you are staying at a constant speed, your peripheral vision [which takes in the trees] is giving you the impression you are going faster. People hit the brakes before they hit the village. What we tried to do in some locations was get over this idea of the village dominating the road environment, not the road dominating the village, so the driver's perspective is  - I am travelling through a community, I need to respect that and slow down."

This rather innovative approach to dealing with the problem of speeding – if successful – could be enough to win over many people who are fiercely in favor of speed cameras. After all, once they have been planted they are much cheaper to maintain and are of course a very green alternative, literally and figuratively.

[Article source: http://uk.autoblog.com/2010/08/16/could-trees-replace-speed-cameras/]

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