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The research conducted by University College London for the RAC Foundation found that fatal accidents and serious collisions within the vicinity of a speed camera were greatly reduced.
Analysis was conducted by Richard Allsop at 551 fixed camera sites and the results revealed that personal injury collisions were also reduced by as much as 15 per cent.
However, findings also reveal that 21 speed camera sites also recorded the number of nearby collisions had risen since their installation. This has prompted the RAC to write to eleven local authorities to suggest that the position and benefits of the said cameras are examined more thoroughly.
Two years ago the government insisted that accident statistics for speed camera sites should be made publically available but the RAC has since found that most organisations responsible for speed cameras which includes the police forces, road safety partnerships and councils, have failed to comply and actually publish this information.
In fact, just 12 out of the 36 organisations have made this data public in a form compliable with the Department for Transport guidance according to the RAC.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “At the end of 2010 we published a report by Professor Richard Allsop which concluded that without speed cameras there would be around 800 more people killed or seriously injured each year at that time. Overall his new work reinforces those earlier conclusions, but crucially the study has also identified a number of camera sites in the vicinity of which collisions seem to have risen markedly. This may or may not be related to the cameras but warrants further investigation.”
Research also uncovered marked differences between the nine different regions which contained the 551 speed cameras, for example, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland showed the sharpest drop in fatal and serious collisions, with a fall of 53 per cent across its 15 camera sites. However, in Merseyside the number of fatal and serious collisions rose by five per cent at its 33 sites.