I AM pleased to see Julia Mulligan is “absolutely committed to improving road safety in our region” (More mobile speed cameras for roads of North Yorkshire, July 30).

But how can the doubling of speed cameras be justified when there has been a significant increase in road deaths since their introduction?

Travelling extensively across North Yorkshire I frequently see the camera vans, but never at locations notorious for accidents. Surely these are a political tool to placate the uninformed.

Almost as an aside at the end of your piece, regarding the speed cameras, a spokeswoman announced the formation of a “new unit to bring together all roads policing”.

If they look in the back of dusty cupboards at Newby Wiske they will find a folder marked “Road Traffic Department - disbanded early ‘80s”. There is nothing new in the police service.

Roger Smith, Sand Hutton.