Road casualties falling

The latest statistics revealed by the Department of Transport reveal that for the twelve months ending in March fatalities on the roads dropped by 10 percent to 1,870.

Other reductions in the same period included a decline of 5 percent of people seriously injured and a 35 percent decrease in drink-driving related deaths.

This is all the more remarkable as government funding on speed cameras and anti-drink-driving campaigns has reduced during the period.

Road safety charity Safespeed has long argued that the presence of speed cameras does nothing in the long-term to reduce deaths on the road. Claire Armstrong said: 'Speed Cameras are a flawed Road Safety policy and this proves it, since so many are unused and the vast majority are switched off.'

'The motorist is our best road safety asset, and improving good judgement and managing risk, is key to prevent damage to property and people,' she added.

The argument was refuted by Ellen Booth of another road pressure group, Brake. 'Reductions in road casualties are achieved through many types of road safety initiatives so it would be misleading to try to assess the impact of widespread speed camera withdrawals from casualty figures alone,' she said.

'All the existing academic evidence on the effectiveness of speed camera programmes suggests that it is very likely that more people will have been killed or injured on our roads, and more families torn apart, as a direct result of speed cameras being turned off.'

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