Fatal crashes fall at camera sites in Kent and Medway

The number of fatal and serious injuries crashes at speed camera sites in Kent and Medway have reduced by 77%, new research has found.

The Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership (KMSCP) recorded 347 in the three years before cameras were put up compared with 80 from 2008 to 2010.

It now intends to display the information for motorists to see.

But the Association of British Drivers said there were other factors involved in crashes, not just speed.

'Bad anticipation'

Katherine Barrett, from KMSCP, said: "Information boards will be going up at roadside camera sites across Kent and Medway, clearly showing how many lives have been saved and serious injuries prevented at each site.

"It means drivers will be able to see exactly how effective a particular camera has been."

She said there were 79 fixed cameras in the county which were sited on roads because of their history of speed-related crashes.

With each camera, the number of fatal and serious injury crashes was recorded for the three years before it was installed and then compared with the number from 2008 to 2010.

But Brian MacDowall, the secretary of the Kent branch of the Association of British Drivers, said the KMSCP figures did not take into account other factors.

"It is bad observation, bad anticipation and poorly executed manoeuvres that are causing accidents and not just excessive speed for the conditions," he said.

Mr MacDowall also said improvements to roads to prevent crashes, such as layout and street lighting, were not being considered.

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