Installing speed cameras cuts road accidents by a third

New research published by the RAC Foundation has indicated that installing average speed cameras on roads can reduce the number of fatal and serious crashes by 36 per cent.

Official data has shown that at least 50 stretches of road were covered by average speed cameras by the end of 2015, ranging from half a mile to 99 miles long.

The research suggested that the increase in the use of speed cameras is likely to be a result of a reduction in the cost of installing permanent speed monitoring devices. Currently, it costs around £100,000 per mile to install a camera system, where previously it cost around £1.5 million.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, commented: “The indications are that compliance with average speed cameras is generally high; now this research reveals the sizeable impact they can have in reducing death and serious injuries.

“As the cost of technology continues to fall, more and more authorities are considering whether to install average speed cameras and so it will be important to ensure that casualty and compliance data is openly available so we can continue to assess and understand the road safety benefits they deliver.”