|release date: 9th June 2004||number: PR125 (Northern Ireland only)|
|Fatal flaw in PSNI claims
says Safe Speed
News. For immediate release.
Recently the Police Service of Northern Ireland claimed that there had been a 27 per cent drop in killed and seriously injured persons "at speed camera sites". Such claims have been made across Britain, and we don't doubt that there was such a reduction. But were the cameras responsible or is it just a statistical quirk?
Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road
safety campaign said: "It's frightening that the Police are again abusing
statistics in this way. The benefit that they are claiming for their cameras
is actually well known to
Paul continues: "The UK government is also
guilty of the same statistical abuse. In the report of the two year pilot
scheme for speed camera hypothecation they claimed there was a 35% reduction
in killed and seriously
Notes for editors:
Correspondence with the main author of
the DfT report:
Interview on Radio 4:
Radio 4 audio recording:
Regression to the mean explained in more
About Safe Speed
Since setting up Safe Speed in 2001, Paul Smith, 49, an advanced motorist and road safety enthusiast, and a professional engineer of 25 years UK experience, has carried out about 5,000 hours of research into the overall effects of speed camera policy on UK road safety. We believe that this is more work in more detail than anything carried out by any other organisation. Paul's surprising conclusion is that overall speed cameras make our roads more dangerous. Paul has identified and reported a number of major flaws and false assumptions in the claims made for speed cameras, and the whole "speed kills" system of road safety.
The inescapable conclusion is that we should urgently return to the excellent road safety policies that gave us in the UK the safest roads in the World in the first place.
Safe Speed does not campaign against speed
limits or appropriate enforcement of motoring laws, but argues vigorously
that automated speed enforcement is neither safe nor appropriate.
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Created 22/06/2004. Last update 22/06/2004