Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speed Cameras That Focus at Wrong Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speed Cameras That Focus at Wrong Time

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Byline: By Dr Peter Russell

I recently did a television broadcast on the benefits of speed cameras. Apart from the presenter, the only other person on the show was a publicity officer from the Safety Camera Partnership.

You may guess that I am not particularly in favour of the ways in which speed cameras are placed and operated. This is not because I am against speeding drivers being punished, it is because so much emphasis is placed on speed limits that the road safety message is lost.

The real problem with speed camera placement is that inevitably they work well only when there are very few vehicles on the road and road safety is not an issue.

When traffic is heavy - and crashes or injury to other road-users is most likely - the cameras cannot isolate individual vehicles. Worse still, most of the reported crash incidents in such cases occur at speeds below the speed limit.

On the other hand, when traffic is light and it is easy to go a few miles over the limit, crash potential is reduced. …

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