Cuts Watch #322: Cutting safety cameras could cost 800 deaths a year
A report published today says that road safety cameras save 800 lives a year. The Effectiveness of Speed Cameras: a review of evidence, written by Prof Richard Allsop of University College London for the RAC Foundation, brings together the existing research plus new data from road safety partnerships to show that the benefits of cameras aren’t limited to the sites where they are placed – they make the whole road network safer. Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, commented:
The current crisis in funding for speed cameras – and road safety in general – leaves road users at real risk. The clear evidence is that if speed cameras were to be decommissioned then around 800 more people are likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads each year.
For the past four months we have been reporting that local authorities around the country have pulled the plug on funding for cameras, though some have had second thoughts recently. The RAC Foundation plans to send Prof Allsop’s report to every highway authority in the country, which should encourage more to think again.