The Committee called for greater use of technology to tackle driving offences, saying that speed cameras are proven to save lives by acting as an effective deterrent to drivers breaking the speed limit.
In its report, Roads Policing and Technology: Getting the right balance the Committee points to evidence which shows that 42% fewer people were killed or seriously injured in crashes at sites which had fixed speed cameras. The Committee wants to see more funding made available so that more sites which meet the existing camera guidelines can also be covered.
Commenting after the Report’s publication, Clive Efford said “It makes no sense to have to wait for deaths and injuries to occur in a location before we can install the cameras that could have prevented them. I would like to see cameras installed where local communities are demanding them.”
“This is not about criminalising car drivers; it is about empowering communities to protect themselves from speeding traffic.”
The Report urges the Government to improve the impact of speed cameras by using more advanced technology, such as time-distance (average speed) cameras, and better publicity campaigns.
Clive also backed the Committee’s demand that new technology should not be taken as an opportunity to cut the number of road police officers. Instead the Home Office should increase the priority it gives to traffic law enforcement overall.
In 2005 there were 32,155 deaths and serious injuries. In London, the number of “hit and run” incidents has doubled over the last decade.