Police in Oxfordshire yesterday announced they would be turning off all speed cameras as part of cost saving measures across the county. However, leaked documents reveal that only the flashes are being turned off and that the cameras will remain active in stealth mode to catch irresponsible and cocky drivers.
The documents detail the sting operation which aims to foster a feeling of paranoia among drivers. "It's cheaper than setting up mobile cameras, and we needed some fast cash." admitted PC David Stockport "We hope the paranoia this will create keeps people on the straight and narrow for some time to come, like when people used to believe in God."
The move has proved unpopular with taxi drivers. Ted Morris, spokesman of the County-wide Union for Taxis blasted the scheme "How are we supposed to speed safely if the police lie about camera activity?"
The cameras are expected to return to normal operation in about a week, once all the county's BMW owners have reached 12 points.