Speed Camera cause 5500 deaths in UK
This artical is taken out of the ITS International publication (Nov/Dec 2003 issue). This publication looks at the technology for traffic management and the like from around the world.
Title: "Speed camera policy responsible for 5,500 deaths, says UK association"
"A rigorous analysis of Government published figures undertaken by the Association of British Drivers (ABD) claims that since 1993, a significant reduction in broad-based road safety education and police road traffic patrols in favor of revenue-generating speed cameras has been accompanied by the loss of over 5000 lives to date.
The figures show that, as the numbers of speed cameras soared from 1993 onwards, the downward trend in road deaths that had existed for decades was almost completely lost. Had the former trend (a year on year 6% decrease in fatalities) continued, the ABD says about 5,500 people that have died on the roads in the last decade would be alive today.
It is now widely accepted that the switch from traditional traffic patrols to policing by camera has caused problems on the roads. Drivers who would normally be looking for potential hazards now have to split their attention and concentrate on spotting speed cameras and watching their speedometers. At the same time uninsured, drunk and dangerous drivers now enjoy a greatly reduced chance of being apprehended as traffic police are switched to other duties. Further evidence of this is provided by the steady reduction in those apprehended for careless, dangerous, and drunken driving from 232,000 in 1990 to 144,000 in 2000, a decrease of 37% in absolute terms, and a decrease of over 45% when increased traffic is allowed for.
ABD Chairman, Brian Gregory commented, "This makes me so sad and angry. We have been warning for years that speed cameras make the roads more dangerous. How many more will have to die before we return to traditional and proven road safety values based on skills, individual responsibility and consideration? This speed camera madness must end right now."