Debate: Do speed cameras save lives or are they a stealth tax on motorists?

UK: Casualty rates at some speed camera sites have worsened since their installation, figures out today showed.

But some camera partnership scheme operators have reported a reduction in accidents and injuries thanks to the introduction of cameras.

The mixed picture of the effectiveness of speed cameras came as the Department for Transport (DfT) published speed camera data from schemes in England.

The DfT said police forces would be publishing the number of prosecutions arising from each permanent or long-term temporary fixed camera site in their area each year, along with the total number of offences recorded by all cameras and the total number of offenders given a fixed-penalty notice, or taken to court, and the number of people opting to complete speed awareness courses.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “The best speed cameras deliver lower speeds and fewer casualties without catching lots of drivers out.

“Any camera that consistently issues tickets clearly has location or sign-posting issues. No camera should ever be removed without a clear education or engineering solution to replace it.”

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