RAC raises speed camera safety doubts

June 7, 2013 | By | In News

Motoring organisation the RAC has written to seven different local authorities, warning them of speed cameras at sites which have seen a marked increase in the rate of accidents and collisions.

The action comes in the light of new research carried out by the RAC foundation, which casts doubt on the usefulness of speed cameras as a road safety tool.

In fact, the foundation found data that suggested cameras in certain locations were actually contributing to accidents rather than reducing them.

It fears that the problem may be more widespread than identified, as only a third of safety camera partnerships released accident data in a usable form, in response to requests by the foundation.

The RAC has written to partnerships in Cambridge and Peterborough, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Sussex, Thames Valley and Warwickshire.

Overall, the data analysed showed that speed cameras were having a positive effect on accident statistics by around 27 per cent.

This was accompanied by a 15 per cent reduction in injuries arising from such collisions.

However, the RAC Foundation also noted that “the research also highlights 21 camera sites in these areas at which, or near which, the number of collisions appears to have risen enough to make the cameras worthy of investigation in case they have contributed to the increases.”

Speaking to the Daily Mail, a Merseyside Road Safety Camera Partnership spokesman refuted the claims, stating: “There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that any of these sites have caused a collision and in fact these figures if anything suggest the opposite.

“Since 2005 we have continually monitored all our camera sites and these sites have shown a 42% reduction in all injury collisions and a 71% reduction in killed and seriously injured collisions.”

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