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Multi-death crash road to get average speed cameras

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A road in the British city of Birmingham is to have average speed cameras installed on it in light of a petition calling for safety measures in the light of a crash which killed six people.

The BBC reports that the council is spending £90,000 funding the measures on Belgrave Middleway in reaction to the crash in December when three men died after a driver lost control of his Audi at 100mph and ploughed into a taxi.

The report says Birmingham City Council will now install the cameras along the 1.7 mile stretch of the A4540 and that the system will be operational by the autumn.

It quotes Councillor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, as saying, “Given the long and complex nature of the resulting police investigation, it was important that we understood what had contributed to this truly heartbreaking loss of six lives before considering what safety measures could be put in place.”

Supt Dean Hatton, head of Central Motorway Police Group and West Midlands Force Traffic Unit, added, “We welcome the introduction of any measures that improve safety on our roads.”

 
Comments

Hmm – how exactly would an average speed camera have stopped the incident happening last year? Whilst it may be that the average speed on the road is higher than the speed limit, the road is no more dangerous that anywhere else; crashmap (http://crashmap.com/) data confirms.

We absolutely should not be spending public money on safety measures unless we can demonstrate that they will provide a benefit to society through accident savings. Much like in cricket where you don’t move a fielder in reaction to a big shot following a bad delivery, we shouldn’t be spending money to mitigate a crash which only happened because, as stated in various inquest comments, of excess speed (87mph at point of impact (having lost speed whilst spinning etc.), drugs, defective tyres, etc.