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Speed Cameras Improving Safety or Raising Revenue?


  • Richard Tay


Despite numerous studies showing the effectiveness of speed enforcement, especially automated speed enforcement, in reducing crashes, public debate still continues in regard to the revenue-raising aspect of speed enforcement. Using speed camera enforcement data from the City of Edmonton, this study found that catching offenders had a significant effect in reducing injury crashes that was beyond the deterrent effect provided by the presence of police on the roads alone. The apprehension of offenders is therefore a key component needed to maximise the effectiveness of the speed camera programme and not solely as a means to raise revenue. © 2010 LSE and the University of Bath

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  • Richard Tay, 2010. "Speed Cameras Improving Safety or Raising Revenue?," Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, University of Bath, vol. 44(2), pages 247-257, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpe:jtecpo:v:44:y:2010:i:2:p:247-257

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