The RAC Foundation won the Premier Award at the 2011 Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards ceremony, for commissioning a report that ‘stopped the decommissioning of speed cameras’ and ‘saved 800 deaths or serious injuries a year on our roads’.
‘The effectiveness of Speed Cameras’, authored by Professor Richard Allsop and published in November 2010, highlights the consequences of budget cuts on road deaths and injuries on British roads and made a significant contribution to the debate about the value of safety cameras.
The emergency budget of June 2010 led to a number of road safety partnerships deciding that speed cameras should be decommissioned to save money. At that time there was widespread debate among motorists, a number of whom felt that speed cameras were revenue-raising devices and/or had caused accidents, and that they would not be missed. Local road safety partnerships were at a loss to counter this groundswell of opinion as they had little concrete evidence to refute these views.
Professor Allsop’s report comprises a thorough, independent statistical analysis of the facts, and his conclusion was clear: fixed and mobile speed cameras save lives – and if speed cameras were decommissioned 800 more people a year could be killed or serious injured.
His report also refuted the revenue-raising claims, pointing out that for each £60 penalty notice imposed in 2006/7 there was a surplus of just £4.
In making the presentation in London on 6 December, Prince Michael said: “The RAC Foundation has in recent years produced a number of well-regarded reports which have helped to inform road safety policy, the media and the public – and above have been vital in helping governments to make the correct decisions. Professor Allsop’s excellent paper is a case in point.”
For more information about the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards contact Adrian Walsh, director of RoadSafe, on 07887 552708.