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Speed cameras,May 2004

Published Saturday, May 1, 2004

Speed cameras, May 2004. POSTnote 04/218. This briefing provides an overview of UK speed enforcement policy, focussing on speed cameras

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Speed cameras are a key part of the government’s strategy for reducing road casualties. There are over 6,000 speed camera sites in the UK. Their use generates widespread debate, with 55 questions posed in Parliament in 2004 alone.

This briefing provides an overview of UK speed enforcement policy, focussing on speed cameras. It discusses evidence of their effectiveness and related factors such as causes of road crashes, problems identifying offenders, and public attitudes to camera use. Areas of public concern, such as accusations of revenue raising, are also discussed.

POSTnotes POST-PN-218

Topic: Roads

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