And we say they never listen to us! What a crock of shyte!
"Thank you for taking the time to register your views about safety cameras on the Number 10 website.
Speeding kills. It is a contributory factor in 26% of all fatal accidents in Great Britain.
The facts are stark. If a child pedestrian is hit at 30mph they stand an 80% chance of surviving. But if they are hit at 40mph they stand an 80% chance of dying. That is why the Government is committed to achieving appropriate vehicle speeds on the roads as part of its integrated road safety strategy.
We are succeeding in changing attitudes, and in making drivers realise that one of their responsibilities is to comply with speed limits. The proportion of car drivers who comply with the 30mph limit has greatly increased over the last few years.
Safety cameras provide a valuable and cost-effective method of preventing, detecting and enforcing speed and traffic light offences. Their use is based on solid evidence. All reliable research from around the world clearly demonstrates that cameras reduce speeds and save lives.
Independent research (new window), published in December 2005, shows that safety cameras had saved around 1,745 people from being killed or seriously injured, and had prevented around 4,230 personal injury collisions on Britain's roads each year.
And while they are saving lives, safety cameras will remain a key part of our road safety strategy."
Where they got those stats from is anyones guess, they certainly don't bear any relation to the independent research done by TRRL or even the published stats on road deaths and serious injury published by the police & hospitals.
What amazes me is the latest "speeding kills" TV ad, with the little girl by the road side. The message is, hit me at 30 and I'll live, hit me at 40 and I'll die. Shouldn't the message be more about "not hitting me at all"?
It's like they have no regard for improving the standard of driving, just resigned to the fact that drivers in the UK are terrible, so if we slow them down at least they'll do less damage.