Updated 23 July 2010.
Last week, the Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Drivers’ Alliance brought out a statistical report claiming that the introduction of speed cameras had failed in reducing the number of road accidents. A number of choice quotes about how speed cameras were nothing more than money-making conspiracies and how this analysis proved that speed was not the main cause of road accidents accompanied the press releases of this report.
The report was again featured on the BBC One O’clock News this lunchtime on a story about Swindon council’s decision to axe speed cameras in the town, in the context of budget cuts in local government. Quite how this made it into today’s news is anyone’s guess, given that Swindon council made that decision two years ago. [Update – the news item is now up on the BBC website.]
Anyway, what leapt out at me was a shot of a local resident [update: actually, on seeing the report again, it turns out to be the reporter] being shown a graph that claimed to show that the introduction of speed cameras had actually slowed the rate of decrease in the number of traffic accidents in the UK.