The Great Debate

Safety cameras have been an extremely controversial subject over the last few years with a lot of information being disseminated into the public realm. Some of the issues that may have made you question how effective cameras really are in making our roads safer are detailed below.

Safety cameras are not popular…

The Partnership receives requests from members of the public to install cameras in areas where they are concerned about speeding by motorists. This demonstrates that people realise that cameras are an effective way of reducing speeds and making our roads safer. 54% of respondents believed that safety cameras reduced collisions and 56% believed they discouraged speeding.

Speed is not a factor in road collisions…

There is overwhelming evidence to support the relationship between speed and both the frequency and severity of road collisions. Recent casualty statistics have shown that speed is a contributary factor in one quater of all fatal collisions and a signifcant factor in collisions involving serious injury. As speed increases, the risk that a collision will occur also increases. At higher speeds there is less time to react, which is therefore more likely to lead to a serious collision. Of those drivers who admitted to speeding, 69% said that cameras changed the way they drove. In most cases the change was positive in that drivers slowed down, or became more aware of their speed.

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Safety cameras are not helping to save lives…

Research has consistently demonstrated that safety cameras play a major part in reducing casualties. Since the Partnership’s formation there has been a 23% decrease in the total number of collisions recorded at fixed camera sites, a 28% decrease in the total number of collisions recorded at red light camera sites and a 23% decrease in the total number of collisions recorded at mobile camera sites. 65% of respondents believed that cameras saved lives.

Safety cameras are not used on dangerous roads…

Roads which have safety cameras sited on them have been identified as high risk roads in accordance with Department for Transport guidance i.e. roads which have had a significant number of collisions and where excessive speeding is a problem. 51% of respondents believed that cameras were generally sited in the right places. Of those who did not – schools, residential areas and collision blackspots were most likely to be mentioned.

Safety cameras are hidden to catch motorists out…

The Partnership places safety camera warning signs on routes where cameras are in operation and all cameras and mobile units are clearly marked. We also publish the locations of all of our fixed sites on our website so that motorists are aware of where they are located.

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