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This Article was written by Robin Perrie:  it was publish in Britain on 17th. June, 2004... by 'The Daily Mail'. 
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A Top Cop hit out at speed cameras yesterday - saying they were "pointless".  Chief Constable Paul Garvin also accused the Government and other police chiefs of using misleading statistics to justify the use of Gatsos.
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Mr Garvin, head of Durham Police, said: "The speed camera issue is not a point of principal, it is a fact that they are pointless".  He spoke out as Transport Secretary Alistair Darling was claiming casualties at fixed camera sites had fallen by 40 per cent, saving 100 lives a year.
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Mr Garvin said: "The pro-camera lobby deliberately misquote statistics to mislead people to justify their position.  It is disingenuous if we are really intent on reducing casualties as opposed to enforcing speed limits and dishing out tickets".
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"More accidents are caused by inattention, driving under the influence of drink and drugs or within the limit but to fast for conditions".
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Mr Gavin, whose officers do not use fixed cameras, accused some forces of having a "woolly" way of calculating the distance over which Gatsos affect accident rates.  A university report claimed 100 fewer people a year were killed and 700 hurt thanks to Gatsos.
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