New RAC report backs safety cameras
Some 800 more people a year could be killed or seriously injured on the UK's roads if all safety cameras were scrapped, a report has suggested (BBC News).
The report, carried out by Professor Richard Allsop, said cameras had offered continuing road safety benefits since they were introduced.
Several councils have decided to scrap their safety camera programmes after the government cut road safety grants.
The report, commissioned by the RAC Foundation, said the study suggested such moves would be a ‘big mistake’.
Prof Allsop, emeritus professor of transport studies at University College London, also found that safety cameras were not a significant revenue raiser.
He said that in 2007 the Treasury received just £4 from each £60 penalty, and there was no surplus left for local authorities or the police.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "The current crisis in funding for safety cameras, and road safety in general, leaves road users at real risk.
"The government has said decisions on safety camera funding must be taken at local level which is why we are sending this evidence direct to all highway authorities.
"Professor Allsop's work suggests scrapping cameras would be a big mistake because the cash to install them has already been spent.
"They save lives and demonstrate value for money, and despite the headlines most people accept the need for them."
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