We all hate speed cameras and know they’re just a money grab that don’t make us safer, right? Well, now we’ve got science backing those claims up.
David Finney, a U.K.-based engineer, has examined data from the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership. He went over accident statistics from 24 months before the group installed speed cameras, to 24 months after. Guess what the results were?
Finney saw only a slight decrease in accidents in areas where permanent speed cameras were installed, and a slight increase in areas where mobile cameras were installed. Overall, accident numbers only dropped 0.2 per cent.
You can read Finney’s full report here, complete with details about the motivation behind the study, which Finney, a motorcyclist, funded his own study, after he was initially curious about the co-relation between speed and accident statistics (he doesn’t have any speed camera points on his record). Finney has plenty of interesting information on this subject as well. He found that even in areas where speed cameras slowed drivers down, there was no real effect on accident statistics.
But don’t take our word for it – check the whole report out. It’s well worth the read.