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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 08:54 
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Speed cameras fail to cut accidents

Ministers fear that thousands of cameras have served only to raise millions from motorists, rather than improve safety.

The findings, from an initial sample of 75 local authorities, will prompt the Government to call on every council to publish detailed information on each speed camera site, including accident rates and how much has been raised in fines.

Ministers hope that local authorities will succumb to pressure to remove the controversial devices if the information does not demonstrate that accidents have been cut.

Mike Penning, the road safety minister, said: “For the first time we are shining the light of transparency on the performance of speed cameras.
“People want to know that if their tax money is being spent on speed cameras that they are actually making their roads safer, not just raising money.
“People will now have the information to be able to hold their councils to account if they think that some cameras have actually made the situation worse, rather than better.”

Since they were introduced in 1992, speed cameras have been installed at about 6,000 sites, generating an estimated £100 million in fines each year. After a request from the Department of Transport, 75 councils have so far agreed to publish all or part of their speed camera information, including accident rates, casualty rates and the number of motorists caught. Many statistics have been incomplete, making comparisons difficult, while some authorities failed to release a breakdown of data.

An analysis of figures produced by six local authorities showed that speed cameras have had a mixed impact.

In Humberside, which has 89 speed cameras, there was no change in the number of accidents at a fifth of the sites, while the number of collisions rose at 17 of them. Of the 44 speed cameras in the Thames Valley, seven sites saw an increase in the number of incidents, with four-fold rise at a site in Aylesbury. Some speed cameras caught more than 60 motorists a day. In Cambridgeshire, four of the 47 speed cameras saw a rise in the number of collisions.

Mr Penning urged all councils to publish the data quickly. “Local residents have a right to expect that when their council spends money on speed cameras, they publish information to show whether those cameras are helping to reduce accidents or not,” he said.
“I would urge those councils which have not yet published their data to do so as soon as possible.”

It is understood that officials from the Department of Transport will conduct a detailed statistical analysis of the data to assess the effectiveness of speed cameras in improving road safety.

Ministers have already removed financial incentives that encouraged local authorities to introduce hundreds of speed cameras, with revenue now paid to the Treasury.

Although Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, has signalled an end to the “war on motorists” his view is that some speed cameras can be beneficial if they are shown to reduce accidents.

Some councils scrapped speed cameras after the Coalition was elected only to quietly reintroduce some of the devices after accident rates increased.

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I think that link is so important that I will make it a whole new topic ! :) (Here)

I am pleased that the Gov have shown it is serious about this data being published. I am concerned that the public are left to query this with their Councils as there ought to be IMHO a Gov issued advice that they must provide the data and show Councils the best practice guide to road safety than leave all of them to their own devices.
Considering that the public are usually not well informed about road safety ... does this mean that public input might influence what the Council will or will not do ?
Why are some Councils having to buy advice from Road safety GB Knowledge Centre at god knows what cost a year, when all the data is available for free from the DfT etc ?

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