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2/19/2005
Speed Cameras Increase Minor Injury Accidents in UK
New figures show a 40 percent increase in minor injury accidents where speed cameras are used in Sunderland, UK.

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A survey of five fixed speed cameras in Sunderland, UK shows a 40 percent increase in accidents causing minor injuries. The Northumbria Safety Camera Partnership, which operates the devices, attributes this increase to drivers slamming on their brakes to avoid a fine.

More speed cameras are on the way to the area.


Key Statistic:
Between 2003 and 2004 -- the sites showed an overall increase of 40 per cent in collisions which led to minor injuries.

Article Excerpt:
Mark McArthur Christie, from the Association of British Drivers, said: "Many motorists are confused as to what speed limit a road actually is, so why not put a speed sign on the back of the cameras?"
Source: FLASH! BANG! WALLOP! (Sunderland Echo, 2/18/2005)

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