Speed cameras 'failing' to reduce traffic deaths

28th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Speed cameras have successfully reduced the number of traffic accidents, but not the number of fatalities or injuries, a new study has revealed.

28 July 2006

BRUSSELS — Speed cameras have successfully reduced the number of traffic accidents, but not the number of fatalities or injuries, a new study has revealed.

Flemish speed cameras have reduced the number of accidents with deaths or injuries by 'just' 7 to 9 percent, much lower than in other countries.

A spokesman from the Traffic Safety Centre, Erik Nuyts, said more cameras should be installed at short distances to improve the effectiveness.

The centre's study revealed that stationary speed cameras along Flemish roads reduce the total number of accidents by 20 percent. That is comparable with international figures.

But the effect of the cameras on the number of accidents with injuries is less effective. The study said the cameras have led to "a non-significant reduction of 7 to 9 percent".

That is significantly lower than internationally, where the number of accidents with injuries have been reduced by up to 28 percent, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Friday.

"This implies that there is probably still room to improve the working of the Flemish cameras," Nuyts said.

He said instead of using just one camera, cameras could be installed one after the other at various intersections to improve their effect.

Further, a camera should not always be installed in the speed camera box on top of the poles and the use of one camera for different boxes would also be a good manner of operation.

Nuyts also said the effectiveness of a permanent speed camera does not decline over time.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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