Speed-cam stats to be published, indicates gov
Think your local cam is pointless? Now you can prove it
The Department for Transport is proposing that councils and police will have to publish data about speed cameras.
The data could include accident rates at speed camera sites, vehicle speeds and the numbers of drivers prosecuted or offered training after offences are recorded on camera.
Road safety minister Mike Penning said that where taxpayers' money is spent on speed cameras it is right that information about their effectiveness should be made public.
He said that the proposals would "help show what impact cameras are having on accident and casualty rates and also how the police are dealing with offenders".
"This is in line with our commitment to improve transparency of government data so that the public are able to make more informed judgements about the work of local and central government."
The DoT is working with police, local authorities and the Highways Agency on its proposals and intends to introduce the changes in April.
This article was originally published at Kable.
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Speed not a factor
To use an easily seen example, look at the A34 on the run into Stoke-on-Trent, at the time I used it regularly, it had 24 cammeras (11 one way, 13 the other). Mostly 50 mph dual carridge.
Yes the road is dangerous,
Because you can do right hand turns (across 2 lanes of traffic) out of small country lanes, rather than being forced into a left hand turn down to the nearest roundabout (lots of them on that 12 miles of road).
Speed Cammera = revenue; life saving simple road alteration = cost.
Do the maths to find the driving force here.
Personally I always used the roundabouts, it was worth the extra half mile of fuel.
on a very short dual cway in farnboro
there is a 30mph limit that was watched by speed cameras hiden inthe back of a van in a side street. Due to massive complains the council installed a 8foot square sign listing the number of addicents on this road in the past N years.
A FOI request by a local paper revealed accidents were mainly drunks tripping over the badly laid paving stones - almost all accidents counted had nothing to do with traffic or speed.
Only after a lot of people who had been "done" for 31 in a 30 zone did a protest along that road between the roundabouts at each end effectiveky gridlocking fboro did they remove the speed traps, misleading "stats" and install 30mph "slowdowns".
Finally the pub on that section of road closed a few years ago - which massively reduced the accident rate!
speed cameras are almost always a revenue stream for the ACPO businesses - they have very little to do with safety.
Does a successful speed camera raise loads of money or very little?