DIARY: Rally visitors face camera warning

A drivers' lobby group has hit out at reports that a speed camera operator intends to target motorsports fans travelling to this weekend's Wales Rally GB. The Association of British Drivers (ABD) complains that an announcement by the Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership that it will be keeping a particularly close eye on motorists attending the rally is "victimisation" with a financial motive.

The rally is sponsored by the Welsh Development Agency, which is hoping it will attract visitors to Wales and generate up to £50 million for the economy. But the ABD claims that by targeting rally fans, the camera operators will leave them with bad memories of the principality.

According to the ABD, more than 2,300 people - including rally drivers Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Tommi Makinen - were caught last year on cameras deliberately set up between rally stages and on bridges over the M4. ABD chairman Brian Gregory says drivers should be in no doubt that the partnership "will know all the best spots in which to lurk to catch drivers out and intends to rake in as much money as possible".

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