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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    BTR1701, 26 Jan 2009 @ 2:07pm

    Re: A Political Rather than a Safety Issue

    > It is simply ridiculous to postulate that anything that is
    > completely unobtrusive and acts as an incentive (a negative
    > one) to drive at the posted speed limits could do anything
    > but reduce accidents and save lives.

    Numbers don't lie, chief. In jurisdiction after jurisdiction after jurisdiction, from one end of this country to the other, the numbers show that the accident rates rise the moment the cameras are installed, and fall when they're taken down.

    What's simply ridiculous is you burying your head in the sand and refusing to acknowledge that FACT because you've got a personal pet peeve regarding the behavior of other drivers on the road.

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