Recent statistics have shown that some speed camera sites have actually seen an increase in casualties since the installation of the camera.
On the flip side however some camera partnership scheme operators have reported a reduction in accidents and injuries, contributing this to the introduction of the cameras.
The mixed results came from the Department for Transport (DfT) as they published their report on speed camera data schemes across England.
The information included a camera in Dorset, installed in 2003, where there were three serious-injury and 11 slight-injury collisions in 2009 compared with three serious and six slight collisions at the spot in 2001 and only three serious and seven slight collisions in 2002. It revealed there were nine slight-injury casualties at a camera on the A605 at Elton in 2009 - the highest figures for any year since 1990.
Yet in Cambridge, a speed camera site proved to be effective; as there was only one slight-injury accident in 2009, and only three in 2010’s poor weather, compared to 1997 when there were two killed or seriously-injured accident and 16 slight-injury incidents.
Up to yet 75 local authorities have published some or all of the information they hold showing accident and casualty rates, as well as speeds at camera sights before and after the implementing of the units. However 72 local authorities have yet to publish any data, although some do not have enough to allow for a fair judgement on the effectiveness of the cameras.
Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: "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. I hope that this information will help local people to make informed judgments about the impact cameras are having on their local roads.
Motorists are now calling on authorities to act on this information, so that the effective cameras are kept, but replace those that don’t with other safety measures.
By Ben Malkin
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