Thames Valley Speed Cameras Have Saved No Lives
New Research Shows Dismal Failure of Speed Cameras in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
A report investigating the effect that speed cameras have had on the number of collisions involving death or injury in the Thames Valley region is published today. The report, which includes all 212 fixed cameras and all 105 mobile sites that had been operating for a statistically significant period.
The report, authored by Dave Finney
, concludes that:
Speed cameras have not made any impact in preventing road traffic collisions.
There was no reduction in the number of collisions at fixed (Gatso) camera sites after they were installed and there was no reduction in the number of collisions at mobile camera sites after they started operating.
Even after compensating for other influences such as rising traffic volumes and safer vehicle design, the cameras are still not demonstrated to have resulted in any reduction in collision rates. In fact, collision rates increased at mobile speed camera sites following deployment relative to all roads in the Thames Valley area.
There was found to be no relationship between vehicle speeds and the number of collisions. Reductions in speeds at camera sites (both average and above the speed limit) did not result in any reduction in the number of collisions.
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory comments:
“This investigation highlights what we have long suspected, that the whole speed camera fiasco has saved no lives and by diverting attention away from the real causes of accidents has actually cost lives. We are grateful to the government for forcing reluctant camera partnerships to reveal the previously hidden statistics which enabled this report but they must now acknowledge this abysmal failure and distance themselves from these disastrous policies.”
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