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Arizona County Ditches Speed Cameras, Saying They Made Roads More Dangerous

from the speedy-departure dept

While Arizona is considering getting rid of speed cameras across the state (update: this has now been approved), one county has already gone ahead and removed all of its speed cameras, after the newly elected sheriff went through the data and found that the speed cameras were not even remotely effective (thanks to everyone who sent this in). The sheriff noted, first of all, that despite claims this would make the streets safer, accidents actually increased by 16% and fatal accidents doubled (from 3 to 6). He admits, reasonably, that there could be other factors, but there's little to suggest that the cameras did anything to make the roads safer -- which was the main reason why the cameras were first installed.

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    Xiera, 26 Jan 2009 @ 10:14am

    Re: A Political Rather than a Safety Issue

    As someone who speeds religiously, I'm a little disturbed by your post.

    In all seriousness, though, I do drive fast and I can tell you that, even though I try to maintain a safe following distance, most of us speedsters do not. This becomes a huge safety problem when people panic and slam on their brakes, which is a natural reaction, even if you normally go the speed limit.

    The problem is: speed cameras only provide incentive to drive slower in areas WHERE THEY EXIST. They provide no incentive to drive slower in general. It might be easier for a non-speeder like yourself to claim otherwise, but take it from someone who speeds: speed cameras do not work and are a huge safety hazard. (I've been tailgated by people who drive as fast as I do. If I ever had to slam on my brakes...)

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