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Speed camera stats published

By: Paul Smithson
24 August 2011

More than half of local authorities have published sufficient data on speed cameras to satisfy a recent government initiative, which offers some insight into the effectiveness of speed cameras.

The Press Association reported that the injury and death rates at sites around the country are now available, allowing people who regularly carry out driving work to see how the cameras have improved matters.

While 75 local government authorities have submitted data, there are 72 that have yet to comply and road safety minister Mike Penning has called on them to remedy the situation.

"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," he said.

The figures released by the government reveal a mixed bag in terms of the effectiveness of the devices, with accident rates in some locations falling following the installation of a speed camera and others showing no improvement or deteriorating.

According to Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, the key is that different types of camera offer distinct benefits.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he suggested that the range of influence that the equipment can have over people's driving behaviour makes them a worthwhile addition to the roads in certain areas.

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