COMPANY car drivers can expect more speed cameras on the roads after a 70% cut in fatal accidents in London was attributed to their calming influence. According to new statistics from the Highways Agency the first three years of the Agency's speed camera demonstration project in West London showed fatal accidents were down by 70%, serious accidents down by 28% from 666 to 483, and minor accidents dropped 8% from 3,074 to 2,832. Total savings add up to £20 million per year.
The project collated accident statistics from the boroughs of Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond and Ealing, where 48 of Greater London's 400 traffic cameras are located.
Highways Agency chief executive Lawrie Haynes said: 'This study clearly demonstrates that speed cameras reduce the number of serious accidents and also those involving vulnerable road-users. We are now extending the use of cameras across the capital's trunk roads in order to further improve safety.'