Do cameras work as a long term road safety solution?
For a number of years now, there have been many questions asked about whether safety cameras really do work to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads. Some have contended they are a quick fix, or an easy solution selected only to raise revenues.
In a ground breaking study, the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership have looked at collision records dating back to the early 1990s and reviewed the performance of camera sites against the rest of the road network over this time.
The results are significant; the report shows that the cameras not only offer the short-term improvement that have been criticised as statistical anomalies, the long-term trend shows that cameras have improved collision rates and continue to keep them low over time.
The report comes at a time when fresh appeals are being made to curb the number of cameras and provide evidence for the effectiveness, this report underlines that cameras still have a role to play as part of a wider package of road safety measures.
Speaking for the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership, Richard Owen, Operations Manager commented: “This report is the result of a great deal of work to improve and interpret the historic data that we hold, it shows that safety cameras do have a significant role to play as part of a coherent road safety strategy. We cannot police the entire road network with cameras, nor would we ever want to, but working alongside our commitment to driver education, engaging with the public and improvements to road engineering, they do reduce casualties.”
To download a copy of the report, please click here: Camera Site Report 09 (227Kb PDF file)