It seems the days of mainstream journalists declaring speed cameras as “a war on motorists” are ending, with more positive coverage of the technology in newspapers.
The latest example is the Shropshire Star which is backing a campaign for more road safety enforcement in the county by pointing to the success of a Jenoptik scheme on the A449 in neighbouring Worcestershire.
It says the scheme has already “made a difference” before quoting Jenoptik’s Deputy Managing Director Geoff Collins in detail.
Mr Collins explained how, on average, there is a 50% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on stretches where the average speed cameras are brought in.
He’s quoted as saying, “The reason they tend to be used on the roads they are is they have a profound impact on driver behaviour for the length of the monitored zone.”
You can read the full article here.
(Picture of the scheme launch L-R, Geoff Collins, from Jenoptik Traffic Solutions, Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council Highways manager, Councillor Tony Miller, PCC John Campion and Superintendent Gareth Morgan. Picture courtesy of Jenoptik)