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09 April 2013

French speed cameras prevented 15,000 fatal road crashes in 7 years, study claims

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
The installation of speed cameras in France prevented around 15,000 fatal and 62,000 non-fatal road accidents between November 2003 and December 2010, according to a study in the international review Accident Analysis and Prevention. The mortality rate per 100,000 vehicles is said to have fallen 42% from 1.86 in November 2003 to 1.07 in October 2010.

A second study found that speed cameras were most effective at reducing excessive speed infractions (more than 20km/h over the limit) and moderate speed infractions (between 10 and 20km/h over the limit), with the percentage of fatal accidents falling from 25% to 6% and 13% to 9% respectively between 2001 and 2010. The number of minor speed infractions (less than 10km/h over the limit) remained stable, but the percentage of fatal accidents rose from 7% to 13%.
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