Car insurance: Speed cameras 'not making a difference'

Monday, 25 September 2006

Statistics from the government which claim that speed cameras are cutting the number of road accidents may be wrong, says the Statistics Commission watchdog.

Latest police figures suggest around 59.4 people per 100,000 are killed or seriously injured on roads each year, a substantial decrease from 85.9 per 100,000 a decade ago.

However, hospital admissions show that rates of road injury admissions have remained virtually constant between 1996 and 2004 according to research published in the British Medical Journal.

A comment given by the Statistics Commission said: "There is known undercounting of road accidents in police statistics which are used to inform policies on traffic safety."

Paul Smith of road safety group Safe Speed added: "The roads are not getting safer. Government road safety policy is being sexed-up by dodgy statistics."

Cheap car insurance may be a necessity when road accidents are prevalent.

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