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Letters to the editor: Issue 553 3 Sep 2010

Speed camera critics mustn’t be allowed to win the debate

Calum Alexander

So Messrs Biggs and Withrington, the Tweededum and Tweedledee spokespersons of the contrarian road safety movement, have made it into your letters column again with their usual arguments about the iniquities of speed cameras (Letters LTT?20 Aug). They do live in a Wonderland without an Alice. The problem is that they, and their like-minded friends at The Daily Mail and Daily Express, seem to be winning the political battle on allowing drivers to speed with the potential to threaten life without...

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Paul
3 Sep 2010

Alice in Wonderland? Yes - the 'Mad Hatter' has been busy lowering speed limits below the '85th percentile.'

Spot on about 'box ticking' on STATS19 forms though - the more limits that are lowered below the 85th percentile, the more 'exceeding the speed limit' will be ticked by largely unskilled police officers attending accidents, to add to their misclassification and under-reporting of injury accidents.

Timo
7 Sep 2010

It's obvious that the data is inaccurate - If speeding was only responsible for a small proportion of accidents then average speed enforcement sites would not give a average 77% reduction in KSI collisions across all permanent sites! This data is not subjective the KSI either happen or don't!

However the nay-sayers refuse to believe this data, choosing instead to believe wildly inaccurate data showing that only 5% of accidents are attributed to speeding. This is probably because the drivers involved tell the investigating officer they were definately not speeding, and it is tricky to prove otherwise with antilock brakes, ESP and the like in modern vehicles! The impact speed may be below the limit, but who knows what speed they were travelling in the seconds leading up to the colission!