The Association of British Drivers (ABD) claims that statistics published last week by the Scottish Government are confusing journalists who are attributing a significant reduction in killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties to safety cameras.
The publication ‘Key Scottish Safety Camera Programme Statistics, 2011’ shows that the average number of people killed or seriously injured at camera sites across Scotland has decreased by 68% when comparing the most recent three-year average (2009-2011) with the baseline three-year average.
The report contains figures relating to road casualties and offences at fixed, mobile and red-light camera sites. The average number of people killed or seriously injured amounts to a reduction from 337 to 108 per year.
While acknowledging that the Scottish Government is not claiming that all of this success in reducing KSIs is down to cameras, the ABD says it is misleading not to point out the other factors that could be involved.
Brian Gregory, ABD chairman, said: “It is ludicrous to suggest that cameras are responsible for all the reductions and questionable to claim that they are responsible for any of the reduction given the way the figures have been presented. We have long called for speed camera statistics to be presented with full data but regrettably the authorities have always fought against this.
“There are huge vested interests keen to prove cameras work who will jump upon any report such as this and who also wish to repress the true facts. We ask them to carefully consider that their actions can skew road safety practices. This can lead to ineffective measures taking priority over more effective measures.”
For more information contact the ABD on 0870 4442535, or click here to view the report.