The Weekly Industry News staff can’t resist this kind of story. Editor, Gary Wolcott is always getting caught by red light and speed cameras, so he hates them. Big time. So, naturally, he’s interested in how others feel about them. Apparently, those “others” are a bit kinder to the concept of someone other than the police catching you speeding.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently took a look at the use of speed cameras and found that 170 towns and cities around the country operate them in parts of their community. Legislation to operate automated enforcement systems (that’s what they’re officially called) are on the books in 15 states.
After looking at those statistics, Erie Insurance wanted to know what people think about the cameras. The results surprised our editor.
Whatever their use, we all, and WIN editor, Gary Wolcott, agree — as IIHS Vice President for Research Jessica Cicchinon says — speeding is a huge factor in the number of traffic deaths that happen in this country each year.
Cicchino says a quarter to a third of those deaths can be attributed to speed.
“A properly constructed photo enforcement program is a proven effective tool to significantly reduce speeding and crashes, making the roads safer for everyone who uses them,” Cicchino said. “It’s an equitable and consistent way to enforce speed limits 24/7. Safety groups have developed an automated enforcement checklist to help communities implement programs successfully.”
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Some Surprises on How People Feel about Speed Cameras
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