The utilization of speed cameras to reduce the amount of speed-related car accidents is a controversial issue in the United States. However, in other countries, the drop in accident fatalities that has been attributed to the camera’s presence has made them a welcome addition.
What do the statistics tell us?
As reported in recent crash accident fatalities analysis in France, speed camera detectors have been a crucial aspect in the reduction of roadway fatalities. Researchers discovered a 10 percent decline in the accident fatality rate in France after the implementation of the speed cameras. This research was based on data accumulated from 100,000 registered vehicles over a four-year period.
When did the speed camera system begin in France?
In France, the speed camera system program was launched by former President Jacques Chirac in an attempt to reduce traffic-related deaths. By 2010, there were over 2,750 speed cameras operating in France. Around two-thirds of the cameras are in a fixed location while the rest are mobile. The fixed cameras also feature warning signs, which ensures drivers are aware of their presence.
Why is the United States not implementing this technology?
In America, those who seek to utilize speed cameras as a means to reduce traffic fatalities are finding it difficult to generate public interest in the program. In fact, many citizens assume the implementation of speed cameras are only a tool to pad the pockets of the local governmental agencies and do not consider their role in accident reduction.
Thanks to the findings in France, it is obvious the implementation of speed cameras as a means to reduce accidents has been successful. Therefore, citizens in America must become more informed as to the reason behind the presence of speed camera detectors. When the public is better informed, perhaps public sentiment will change.
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