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£87m a year from Speedcams but do they increase casualties?


Article by: robert
Date: 11 Jul 2010

pocketgpsworld.comFigures obtained through freedom of information requests by pressure groups the TaxPayers' Alliance and the Drivers' Alliance show the amount collected in UK speeding and red light offences caught on speed cameras in the financial period 2008-09 was £87,368,227.

This figure also includes fines from magistratesí courts for speeding offences and neglect of traffic directions in 2008. "Neglect of traffic directions" offences caught on cameras often include red light and lane offences, though no breakdown is calculated by the Ministry of Justice or other authorities.

Top 10 areas with highest speeding fines caught on speed cameras in the UK are:

London - 2 police force areas (Metropolitan and City): £6,265,860

Avon and Somerset:3,491,340

Mid and South Wales - 3 police force areas (Gwent, Dyfed, Powys and S Wales): £2,915,340

Greater Manchester: £2,876,280

Thames Valley: £2,861,880

West Mercia: £2,795,340

Nottinghamshire: £2,380,980

Lancashire: £2,238,960

Hertfordshire: £2,168,280

Northumbria: £2,130,000

The report also says that casualty rates were dropping on Britainís roads from 1979, but a slower rate of decline in road casualties has taken place since speed cameras were introduced in 1990. They claim that because the previous rate of reduction was not sustained this has led to over 1.5 million more casualties on UK roads between 1991 and 2007.
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Posted by PaulHH on Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:21 am Reply with quote

The Drivers' Alliance "claim that because the previous rate of reduction was not sustained this has led to over 1.5 million more casualties on UK roads between 1991 and 2007."

It is convenient that the graph illustrating their theory is only plotted up to 2007, as by about 2011 their analysis would indicate no casualties on UK roads! This report is based on completely fake science. Just ignore it.


 
Posted by gem on Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:28 pm Reply with quote

PaulHH Wrote:
This report is based on completely fake science. Just ignore it.


I would agree.

Anyway, more importantly, yet again Cumbria had a speed van above the M6 today (Sunday 18 July, 2010) just a few miles south of Carlisle.

The van is coloured yellow like the AA vans. What a coincidence.

This has to be purely cash generating as it had nothing to do with safety. Evil or Very Mad


 
Posted by djc1610 on Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:21 am Reply with quote

The fact that the accident trend reversed at the same time as cameras were introduced does not establish a causual effect - it may be coincidental.

Do you know the major cause of all accidents - eating. 99% of those involved in an accident ate something in the three hours before the accidernt. What better "proof" do you need than that?


David

VW RNS 510 and TomTom 1005 World

 
Posted by M8TJT on Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:05 am Reply with quote

djchapple Wrote:
Do you know the major cause of all accidents - eating.
Nice statistic. I must remember to fast for at least 3 hours before I go out in my car. That should prevent me having an accident. Shocked


 
Posted by Border_Collie on Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:31 am Reply with quote

And most accidents happen within 2 miles of your home...... So I moved. Razz


Formerly known as Lost_Property
And NO that's NOT me in the Avatar.

 
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