Speed Camera Report Welcomed By Road Crash Lawyer

RAC Foundation Releases Publication

24.11.2010

A serious injury lawyer has backed a new report which highlights the potentially devastating impact that the removal of speed cameras could have on Britain’s roads.

The study, compiled by Professor Richard Allsop of University College London for the RAC Foundation, suggests that around 800 more people could be seriously or fatally injured if all fixed or mobile cameras are decommissioned.

It also outlines that the majority of the public continue to support their use, adding that this information should be seriously considered by local authorities currently in the midst of reviewing their spending.

Colin Ettinger, a Partner in Irwin Mitchell’s serious injury team who specialises in cases related to road crashes, said: “Time and time again research shows how beneficial speed cameras are to maintaining high levels of road safety across the UK.

“Excess speed is often the cause of many of the cases we deal with, while a high number also demonstrate the terrible, life-changing impact that such incidents can have on both those involved and their family.

“There is an argument that the number of these crashes would rise significantly if speed cameras were taken out of use, particularly in built-up areas with a higher concentration of pedestrians of all ages.

“This report also follows on from AA research which highlighted public support for speed cameras is now at record levels.”

Released earlier this month, the AA study highlighted that three-quarters of AA members now accept the use of speed cameras.