Sunday, 11 June 2017

Speed cameras do not reduce deaths

There are more and more "radars" - speed cameras - on French roads and in 2016 yielded 920 million euros to the treasury. But the number of road deaths rose, for the third year in a row, up 2.6% to nearly 3500.
Inevitably this re-ignites the debate that the dreaded radars are only there to milk the motorist and make no contribution to road safety. But one does not know how many more deaths there would be without them. As most accidents are attributed to alcohol or speeding perhaps fewer cameras and more patrols by police and gendarmes would be more effective (increasing fines could finance the extra "moto-flics").
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