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Driving Instructor Barnsley, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Rotherham, Sheffield
 
A Pass Ahead Driving School - Speed Cameras 
 

A report circulated by the Association of British Drivers (ABD), investigating the effect that speed cameras have had on the number of collisions involving death or injury in the Thames Valley region, has concluded that speed cameras have not made any impact in preventing road traffic collisions

The report, authored by Dave Finney and entitled Thames Valley speed cameras – an independent report, covers all 212 fixed cameras and all 105 mobile sites (which had been operating for a statistically significant period) in the area. .

The report concludes that:

 

Speed cameras have not made any impact in preventing road traffic collisions.


• There was no reduction in the number of collisions at fixed (Gatso) camera sites after they were installed and
there was no reduction in the number of collisions at mobile camera sites after they started operating

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• Even after compensating for other influences such as rising traffic volumes and safer vehicle design, the
cameras are still not demonstrated to have resulted in any reduction in collision rates. In fact, collision rates
increased at mobile speed camera sites following deployment, relative to all roads in the Thames Valley area.


• There was found to be no relationship between vehicle speeds and the number of collisions. Reductions in
speeds at camera sites (both average and above the speed limit) did not result in any reduction in the number
of collisions.

 

ABD chairman Brian Gregory comments: "This investigation highlights what we have long suspected, that the whole speed camera fiasco has saved no lives and by diverting attention away from the real causes of accidents has actually cost lives.

 

“We are grateful to the government for forcing reluctant camera partnerships to reveal the previously hidden statistics which enabled this report but they must now acknowledge this abysmal failure and distance themselves from these disastrous policies"