Government report confirms continuing casualty reduction at camera sites
On 31 July 2012, the Scottish Government published its latest annual Bulletin showing the effects of safety cameras throughout Scotland. The Bulletin confirms the trends in personal injury crash reduction at safety camera sites that has been seen in previous years.
The main findings are:
• The number of people killed and seriously injured at safety camera sites each year is around 68% lower following camera enforcement. The corresponding figure for safety camera sites in the Strathclyde area shows a reduction of 75%. This compares with a fatal/serious injury reduction on Strathclyde’s roads as a whole of 59%)
• The number of personal injury accidents at safety camera sites per year is around 48% lower following camera enforcement than in the period prior to safety camera enforcement. The reduction in Strathclyde was 56% lower.
• Eighty two per cent (82%) of people responding to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2010-11 agreed that people should see the use of safety cameras as a good thing.
Strathclyde Safety Camera Partnership manager, Gladys Cadden, commented: “These figures show that the highly visible deterrent effect of safety cameras continues to make a significant contribution to improving driving behaviour and thereby reducing casualties. I am particularly pleased that the benefits of safety cameras in the West of Scotland area are seen to be leading the national trend. The report also highlights that four out of five people in Scotland support the use of safety cameras in helping to make our roads safer.
Kathleen Braidwood, RoSPA Road Safety Officer said: “The number of deaths on Scotland’s roads fell again in 2011 and this report reinforces the benefit of safety cameras in contributing to the reduction in the number of crashes and casualties. The use of safety cameras as an integral measure in achieving casualty reduction is recognised in the Scottish Road Safety Framework.”
The full report ‘Key Scottish Safety Camera Programme Statistics 2011’ can be downloaded here or viewed on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/07/5039