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New safety camera research proves positive

3 November 2010

A new report shows, "speed cameras are a worthwhile intervention for reducing the number of road traffic injuries and deaths."

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international group of experts that specialise in public health issues. Its report, which reviews thirty-five studies, shows the use of cameras reduces speeds and crashes. 

Compared with controls, the relative reduction in average speed ranged from 1% to 15% and the reduction in proportion of vehicles speeding ranged from 14% to 65%.

Around speed camera sites, the pre/post reductions ranged from 8% to 49% for all crashes, and 11% to 44% for fatal and serious injury crashes. The relative improvement in pre/post injury crash proportions ranged from 8% to 50%.

The report is available here.

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