RESEARCH - The Effectiveness of Speed Cameras
Love 'em or hate 'em, speed enforcement cameras save lives. This review of the evidence of the British experience with speed camera enforcement shows that camera use results in a substantial improvement in compliance with speed limits, a particular reduction in extreme speeding, a marked reduction in average speed at fixed sites and an appreciable, though more modest, reduction at mobile sites.
The report states that:
the judgement can be made that in the year ending March 2004, camera operations at more than 4,000 sites across Great Britain prevented some 3,600 personal injury collisions, saving around 1,000 people from being killed or seriously injured.
If British Columbia intends to reach its Vision Zero goal for 2020 speed enforcement by police and voluntary compliance by drivers will not be sufficient as that is the current status quo to be improved on. Automated enforcement has a place and should be part of the political will if we truly intend to reach the goal.