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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 14:52 
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They claim that there has been a 77% reduction to accidents as a result of the Speed Cameras !

Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership wrote:
Issued on behalf of Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership - July 2011

DEATHS AND SERIOUS INJURIES CUT BY 77% AT COUNTY’S SAFETY CAMERA SITES

Safety cameras have dramatically reduced the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads, new research shows.

Latest figures from the Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership reveal that deaths and serious injuries at Kent and Medway’s crash hotspots have dropped by 77%, down from 347 in the three years prior to the yellow fixed safety cameras being installed to 80 between 2008 and 2010.

Now the Partnership is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the positive impact safety cameras continue to have in reducing serious and fatal crashes.

“Information boards will be going up at roadside camera sites across Kent and Medway clearly showing how many lives have been saved and serious injuries prevented at each site. It means drivers will be able to see exactly how effective a particular camera has been,” says the Partnership’s Communications Officer, Katherine Barrett.

There are 79 fixed safety camera sites in Kent and Medway, all of which were installed at specific locations because of their history of speed-related crashes in which people have been killed or seriously injured.

“Crash fatalities and casualties across the county continue to fall year on year and this success has been achieved through a combination of educating drivers and encouraging them to slow down, effective publicity campaigns, and enforcement,” says Katherine.

“Unfortunately there are still some areas where drivers are failing to heed speed warnings, and where fatal or serious injuries have remained the same or slightly increased. We will continue to review the effectiveness of cameras at these sites and look at other ways of reducing speeds and casualties.”

A recent survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists* showed the majority of people were still in favour of safety cameras, with more than 80% of those questioned in the South East agreeing that cameras were an acceptable way of identifying vehicles involved in speeding offences.

Over half of those surveyed in the region also believed that injuries and deaths on the road would go up if safety cameras were switched off to save money.

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For more information about safety cameras in Medway and across Kent visit http://www.kmscp.org
· Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership was formed in July 2002 and comprises Kent County Council, Medway Council, Kent Police, and the Highways Agency.

· The Partnership is working to reduce death and serious injuries on Kent and Medway’s roads by deterring drivers from speeding – particularly at places where there has been a history of injury crashes – and to improve quality of life for everyone in the community.

· * The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ survey was carried out in June 2011 and questioned 1,028 people in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Leah Taylor or Jeff Sims at Edwards Harvey PR. Tel: 01622 604600; email: leah.taylor@edwardsharvey.com / jeff.sims@edwardsharvey.com

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 15:28 
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Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership wrote:
There are 79 fixed safety camera sites in Kent and Medway, all of which were installed at specific locations because of their history of speed-related crashes in which people have been killed or seriously injured.


Facepalm.

Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership wrote:
A recent survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists* showed the majority of people were still in favour of safety cameras, with more than 80% of those questioned in the South East agreeing that cameras were an acceptable way of identifying vehicles involved in speeding offences.


I'm surprised it was as low as 80% if that's the way the question was couched.

"Do you think speed cameras effectively photograph the registration marks of vehicles travelling above a set speed threshold"

Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership wrote:
Over half of those surveyed in the region also believed that injuries and deaths on the road would go up if safety cameras were switched off to save money.


Oh for the good old days when road engineering decisions were based on science rather than public surveys.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 17:12 
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I'm surprised it was as low as 80% if that's the way the question was couched.

"Do you think speed cameras effectively photograph the registration marks of vehicles travelling above a set speed threshold"


The other 20% probably didn't understand the question.

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