12/9/2005UK: Cameras Increase Accidents in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire, UK sees a spike in accidents after speed cameras were installed seven years ago.
Accidents have either increased or stayed the same at most speed camera sites in Lincolnshire, a county of nearly 1 million residents in the UK. Of the area's 51 speed camera locations, 29 have seen either an increase or no change in accidents and fatalities according to a Lincolnshire Echo newspaper analysis of data three years before cameras were installed compared with subsequent results to the present.
Fourteen of the sites saw the same number of accidents but an increase in fatalities and serious injuries. Eight sites saw an overall increase in collisions. At the A1 in Colsterworth, for example, collisions jumped from five to twenty-five and fatalities tripled.
There were no serious accidents at the A52 until after a speed camera was installed in 1998. Since then, however, twelve people have died or been seriously injured at the site.
"Figures showing the number of people injured can make the situation look a lot worse than it actually is," Joanne Smith, spokesman for the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said in defense of the cameras.