A new report by an electronics engineer has concluded that safety cameras in the Thames Valley region have not ‘made any impact in preventing road traffic collisions’.
The report, ‘Does reducing traffic speed using speed cameras reduce the number of collisions?’, investigates the effect that cameras have had on the number of collisions that resulted in death or injury. It has been produced by Dave Finney, an electronics engineer and anti-camera campaigner.
The report covers all 212 fixed camera sites and 105 mobile camera sites that had been operating for two or more years (at the start of 2009) in the Thames Valley region (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire).
The report concludes that there was ‘no reduction in the number of collisions at fixed (Gatso) camera sites or at mobile camera sites after they started operating’.
Even after compensating for other influences such as rising traffic volumes and safer vehicle design, the report says that ‘cameras are still not demonstrated to have resulted in any reduction in collision rates’.
Mr Finney’s report goes on to say that ‘collision rates increased at mobile speed camera sites following deployment, relative to all roads in the Thames Valley area’.
He also found no relationship between vehicle speeds and the number of collisions, stating that ‘reductions in speeds at camera sites (both average and above the speed limit) did not result in any reduction in the number of collisions.’