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Speed cameras DO cut road accidents

Brake has spoken out again recently to defend the use of life-saving speed cameras after a spate of media stories had questioned their effectiveness, using the Government’s release of some patchy data on crashes at camera sites.

A scan through the published data shows that the majority of sites have seen a drop in crashes.

This is as you would expect given existing evidence that cameras are highly beneficial to road safety.

Rigorous academic studies show that cameras significantly reduce the most serious crashes at camera sites – those that cause terrible suffering and pain through death and serious injury – and pay for themselves several times over by preventing these costly and devastating casualties.

The road safety minister recently 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.”

Ironically, this was an unnecessary exercise at taxpayers’ expense, which has failed to shine a light on anything.

Speed cameras are already evidenced to prevent deaths and serious injuries in a cost-effective way.

So let’s stop pandering to the minority, who think it’s their right to drive at whatever speed they like, and work harder to persuade everyone of the vital importance of driving within the law to protect human life.

Brake is using Road Safety Week, November 21-27, as an opportunity to remind fleets of the necessity of safe driving.

Companies should get their drivers to make Brake’s Pledge2DriveSafely by staying: slow – within speed limits; sober – free from alcohol and drugs; sharp – not tired, ill or with poor sight; silent – phone off and out of reach; secure – belted up in a safe vehicle; and sustainable – drive only when you have to.

  • Find out more about this campaign at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk and join Brake’s service for fleets at www.fleetsafetyforum.org

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  • Busterrabbit - 19/08/2013 10:58

    All the vast majority of speed cameras do is cause drivers to brake for a few hundred metres before accellerating back up to their pre-camera speed. If Brake are serious about road safety they should study driver behaviour in more detail. Just standing at a roundabout will reveal that the majority of motorists don't indicate correctly for a start. You will also see many drivers using phones. The total lack of concentration on driving my a majority of drivers is astounding. Every day I see yummy-mummies in their 4x4s who spend more time looking at and talking to their offspring in the back seats than where they're going. The almost ubiquitous and seemingly constant use of mobile phones by drivers aged under 40, talking on a mobile is distraction enough, now drivers are browsing facebook, emails and twitter. yet beacuse they, may, be travelling at less than the speed limit this is apparently OK. Regardless of the "new" laws introduced the Poilce don't have the resource to catch 99.9% of these lawbreakers, when did you last see a Police Traffic Car? Speed in itself is NOT the cause of most accidents. Accidents (collisions actually) are caused by either an error of judgement, or in more cases not paying attention to driving. This is my main objection to middle lane hoggers; ask them why and they say it's "to stop having to change lanes alll the time" WHAT! that is what driving is, if you don't want to change lane stay at home, it will be safer for everyone. Driving a tonne of metal at 69MPH, or around 30 metres a second, requires concentration, if drivers are not prepared to concentrate they should not drive. They are taking the "easy" option by staying in one lane because they are not concentrating on driving, THAT is dangerous.

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