Seventy (70) percent of survey respondents in Great Britain thought that automated speed and red-light enforcement cameras were a useful way to reduce accidents and save lives.
11 February 2003
Cleveland,United Kingdom; Lincolnshire,United Kingdom; Northants,United Kingdom; Nottingham,United Kingdom; Strathclyde,United Kingdom; Essex,United Kingdom; Thames Valley,United Kingdom; South Wales,United Kingdom
The following technologies were deployed:
Speed Enforcement – Fixed mount cameras were installed on roadways (1 km sections) where accidents occurred most often, and machine vision speed cameras were installed on high speed urban roadways where vehicle speeds could be determined from greater distances. In addition, portable (mobile) speed camera systems were set up on longer sections of roadway where accident frequency was less clustered. The portable system; however, required police to be on site during the monitoring to collect video or wet film evidence.
Red-light Enforcement – These fixed mount cameras were installed to collect images of vehicles running red lights. The evaluation of the red light cameras was limited due to the small number of sites available.
Fifteen (15) months after the pilot project began, 2000 people from across the country were surveyed. The following results were presented in the report:
- Seventy (70) percent of people thought that well placed cameras were a useful way of reducing accidents and saving lives.
- Only 21 percent of people thought that speed cameras were an infringement of civil liberties.
- Sixteen (16) percent thought speed cameras were a waste of time and money.
- Eighty-nine (89) percent said that cameras made them think more carefully about how fast they were driving.
- Seventy-two (72) percent thought that speeding in a 30 mph limit was a very serious offense.
NotesRed light camera enforcement was not evaluated due to the small number of camera sites available. The number of crashes occurring at these sites was not large enough for statistical significance.
Author: Gains, Adrian, et al. (PA Consulting Group, and University College London)
Published By: Department for Transport, Road Safety Division
Prepared by PA Consulting Group and the University College London for the Department for Transport, Road Safety Division
Source Date: 11 February 2003URL: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/speedmanagement/nscp/nscp/costrecoverysystemforspeedan4596
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