Speed Cameras Increase Freeway Accidents 31-55%
from the shhhhhhhh dept
Bob Dole writes “Illinois readers should pay special attention to an official newly-uncovered study that the UK government never wanted you to see. It shows that injury accidents increased 31 percent when speed cameras were used on freeways, and they increased 55 percent when used in freeway work zones. When the researchers who were commissioned to study the effects of cameras in construction zones came up with these results, the UK government did everything in its power to prevent the data from ever seeing the light of day. After all, they make about 700 million pounds (a billion US dollars) yearly from the machines. Illinois is about to implement its own work zone speed camera program, “to reduce accidents and save lives.” I’m sure the last thing on the mind of Illinois bureaucrats is all the $375 first offense, $1000 second offense citations it will generate.” Update: Some good points in the comments ripping this study apart. It is worth noting, by the way, that the source of it, TheNewspaper, is based on the idea of stopping redlight and speed cameras. It sounds like they’re misquoting this study and misreading it on purpose.