Speed cameras fail to reduce deaths

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Speed cameras have done nothing to reduce the number of deaths on British roads according to an analysis of Government figures conducted by the Association of British Drivers (ABD).

The report goes even further claiming that the reduction in the number of traffic police that has gone hand-in-hand with the increased use of speed cameras, has halted the downward trend in the number of road deaths.

The study, which looked at the total number of fatal accidents on our roads each year between 1978 and 2002, found that up until 1993 there was a downward trend in the number of accidents with an average six per cent drop each year.

But with the introduction of speed cameras in 1991 this trend slowed and the number of fatal accidents on British roads each year has levelled out between 3000-3500.

The ABD backed up its findings by saying that the number of drivers stopped for careless, dangerous or drunk driving dropped by 37 per cent between 1990 and 2000 while the number of drivers caught speeding has rocketed.

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MCN Staff

By MCN Staff