Mother of Ilminster crash victim Liam Taylor backs police chief Nick Gargan's speed camera call (From This is The West Country)
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Mother of Ilminster crash victim Liam Taylor backs police chief Nick Gargan's speed camera call
THE mother of a teenager who died following a car crash in Ilminster has backed police proposals to switch speed cameras in Somerset back on.
Former Holyrood Academy student Liam Taylor, 19, died in Frenchay Hospital in Bristol on December 18 last year as a result of injuries he sustained in a car crash in Station Road, Ilminster.
Benjamin Aston, 22, of Loveridge Lane, Tatworth, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and appeared at Taunton Crown Court in August for a preliminary hearing.
He was bailed and is set to appear again on November 25.
Liam’s mum, Gail Taylor, said she supported Nick Gargan, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, in his quest to cut the number of deaths on the roads.
She said: “Speed cameras save lives – they are a good thing and if the law says that that you should be doing that speed and you are going above it, then you should take the penalty.
"I wish I could get every young kid that drives a car and place them in a coffin on the road to show them what would happen to them if they speed – they need frightening and to see the consequences because they think they are indestructible.”
Fixed speed cameras were made inactive in 2011 after the Government stopped funding the Safety Camera Partnership.
Police say 48 people have died on the region’s roads so far this year – two more than in 2012 and 16 more than in 2011 – including 19 motorcyclists, one as a pillion passenger.
Mr Gargan said the figures were a ‘significant concern’ but said he hopes to start switching cameras back on ‘within a couple of months’.
He added: “The best way to cut the number of people being killed or seriously injured is by having a deterrent.
“Part of that could be education and changing the public attitude – it could be community speed watch, officers enforcing the law, fixed speed cameras or mobile units.
“When I was first asked to consider speed cameras I was surprised they were not on and after looking at the evidence we found they do more good than harm.”
Hundreds of people paid tribute to Liam, a talented motocross rider, describing him as ‘a popular and happy-go-lucky lad’.
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