Speed camera data to be published

Statistics relating to crashes, casualties and motoring offences in sites where speed cameras are installed along England's roads will soon be made available to the public.

People can access the information online from July 20 and determine for themselves the impact and effectiveness of speed cameras, the Government has said.

Figures from the Department for Transport will include details of the number of accidents before and after the installation of the devices.

Information will also be provided on number of drivers caught for speeding offences and details of how many were prosecuted, fined or sent on awareness courses.

According to Road Safety minister Mike Penning, since taxpayers' money is spend on the cameras they have a right to know how effective the technology is in improving road safety.

He said: "We want to improve accountability and make sure that the public are able to make informed judgments about the decisions made on their behalf.

"That is why we want full details of accidents and casualties at camera sites, along with the number of offences arising from each camera, to be easily accessible.

"This will help to show what impact cameras are having on road safety and also how the police are dealing with offenders."

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