Camera funding, activities and partnerships were integrated into the wider road safety delivery process from 1 April 2007. The move gives local authorities, the police and other local partners responsibility for the future deployment and operation of cameras.
The fine income from safety cameras is not retained by local partnerships. They therefore have no incentive to place cameras other than to improve road safety. All fine income goes to the Treasury’s consolidated fund in the same way as other fines.
The primary objective for camera deployment is to reduce deaths and injuries on roads by reducing the level and severity of speeding and red-light running.
Evidence from the independent evaluations of the National Safety Camera Programme (2000-2004) has continuously shown that the use of cameras has been effective when deployment was based upon locations where a specific level of Killed or Seriously Injured collisions and excessive speed had occurred.
On average, 10 people die and 100 people are seriously injured on Great Britain’s roads each day. Two-thirds of all crashes in which people are killed or injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or less. At 35mph a driver is twice as likely to kill someone as they are at 30mph. If hit by a car at 40mph, there is a 90% chance the pedestrian will be killed If hit by a car at 30mph, there is an 80% chance the pedestrian will survive If hit by a car at 20mph, there is a 95% chance of survival
Accident risk rises the faster a driver travels and by driving at 25% above the speed limit, a driver is about six times more likely to have a collision. At 30mph, vehicles travel 44 feet (about three car lengths) every second. In good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30mph and 35mph is an extra 21 feet – which equates to more than two car lengths.
In the West Midlands Metropolitan Area there are nearly 300 fixed, red light, and mobile safety camera sites funded through Road Safety Grant, which are operated by West Midlands Police in partnership with the seven local authorities and Her Majestys Court Service.
In the West Midlands the safety camera operation is known as the West Midlands Casualty Reduction Scheme on behalf of West Midlands Road Safety Partnership.
For further information about safety cameras in the West Midlands go to www.wmsafetycameras.co.uk