Speed cameras cut toll of serious road injury in Herefordshire

12:02pm Thursday 15th October 2009
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By Mark Bowen »

SPEED cameras have had a dramatic impact on cutting accidents on Herefordshire’s roads over the last three years, according to new figures.
A 37 per cent reduction in personal injury collisions and an 81 per cent reduction in collisions involving death or serious injury (KSIs) was recorded at camera sites across the county between 2006-9 compared to 1999-2001.
Across the county as a whole, there was an 18 per cent reduction in PICs and a 25 per cent in KSIs for the same period.
The figures revealed at the Safer Roads Partnership (SRP) Conference in Hereford mean that at camera sites in the county, the reduction in the number of PIC collisions was twice that for Herefordshire as a whole, and more than three times greater for KSI collisions.
The partnership spent 846 ‘enforcement’ hours on Herefordshire roads last year, operating from 14 mobile sites and two static sites.
The SRP’s Rod Reynolds told the conference a mobile camera at Aylestone Hill in Hereford had been removed as it had achieved a reduction in casualties.
The organisation has adopted the A49 as an enforcement route. It is seeking to enforce speed limits across the whole of its length in the county.
“We are trying to create a culture and understanding that we could be anywhere along a route,” said Mr Reynolds.
Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, told the conference the number of people killed or seriously injured in the county had fallen to 93 last year compared to 133 the previous year.
“Road improvements can have a major impact on the number of injuries but this won’t work on its own and we also need to promote and support training for cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists so they put safety first,” he said.
Beth Fylan, from Brainbox Research, told the conference one of the reasons so many young men were involved in accidents is because they face pressure to drive quickly and take risks.
n A total of 53 people have been killed or seriously injured on Herefordshire roads in the first five months of 2009. Herefordshire Council’s cabinet heard that the county will probably miss its 2009 target to reduce road casualties, following the relatively low number of such casualties recorded overall last year.