December 4 2013 Latest news:
By Marijke Cox, Reporter
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
New figures show deaths and serious injuries have fallen at crash hotspots
The number of deaths and serious injuries in crash hotspots has reduced dramatically, according to the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership.
New figures have shown a 72 per cent drop – from 363 people in the three years before fixed speed cameras were installed to 103 between 2009 and 2011.
Mobile cameras, which move around the county, have also helped cut deaths and casualties, by 67 per cent from 118 prior to them being introduced, to 62 in the last three years.
Spokesman Katherine Barrett said in the 10 years the partnership has been running it has been determined to reduce the number of speed-related crashes.
“Our latest research clearly shows that the benefit of safety cameras to casualty reduction is substantial,” she said.
“In real terms, fixed and mobile safety camera figures combined represent the equivalent of 386 lives being saved, or people being saved from potentially life-changing injuries.”
Across the county there are 77 fixed safety camera sites, all installed at specific locations due to history of speed-related crashes in which people have died or been seriously injured.
“In the majority of areas, the message is definitely getting through to drivers, though there are still some where motorists are failing to heed speed warnings, and where fatal or serious injuries have remained the same or slightly increased,” said Ms Barrett.
“But we regularly review the effectiveness of cameras at these sites and continue to explore other ways of reducing speeds and casualties.”
A new campaign has been launched this week to continue the work of the safety camera partnership, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
It looks to raise awareness of the positive impact speed cameras have on reducing serious and fatal crashes.
Information boards will be going up at roadside camera sites showing how many lives have been saved and serious injuries prevented so drivers can see how effective a particular camera has been.
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