New date shows ten years of speed camera success

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FIXED speed cameras have made a positive impact on speed and accidents since they were introduced in Warwickshire ten years ago, according to new data.

The speed camera data published by Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police includes the number of collisions and casualties at each fixed camera site. It also reports traffic speeds and the number of offences detected by each camera.

Speed cameras were first introduced in Warwickshire in 2001 since which time the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads has more than halved from 639 in 2001 to 301 in 2010, a 53% reduction. This compares favourably to the 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured across the whole of Great Britain during the same period.

The data shows that traffic speed, collisions and casualties have reduced at fixed camera sites, making a significant contribution to Warwickshire’s improved road safety record. The data shows that fatal and serious injury collisions have fallen at fixed camera sites by an average of 76%.

Data released by Warwickshire Police reveals that a total of 32,600 motorists were detected speeding by Warwickshire’s fixed and mobile speed cameras in 2010 with 12,000 motorists attending a Speed Awareness Workshop instead of being prosecuted.

The workshops have been offered since 2003 to some motorists detected speeding in Warwickshire. The course gives motorists the opportunity to review their attitude to speeding by exploring the risks and potential consequences of speeding and has been proven to positively influence driver attitude and reduce reoffending rates .

County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “We’re pleased to be publishing the casualty and speed data for all of our fixed speed cameras today. Protecting the community and making Warwickshire a safer place to live is a key priority for the council and road safety forms an important element of our work in this area.

“Speed cameras are not universally popular, but as this data shows their use has brought significant safety benefits to Warwickshire’s road users and communities.”

Supt. Adrian McGee at Warwickshire Police added: “Excessive or inappropriate speed remains a significant cause of collisions on the roads of Warwickshire. Speed cameras have reduced casualties in Warwickshire, but disappointingly, as the figures we have published today demonstrate, there are still a significant number of drivers who disregard the safety of themselves, their passengers and other road users by exceeding speed limits.”

The data is available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/speedcameradata.