Do speed cameras really slow drivers down?

Road fatality statistics in South Africa increase annually. This happens despite government's measures to install speed cameras and campaigns run to urge motorists not to speed on public roads.

Many motorists are of the view that speed cameras are simply revenue-generating tools for municipalities and not very effective at breeding good driving habits.

Tony Huggett, president of the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa talks to CapeTalk's John Maytham about the cameras and traffic enforcement devices which municipalities deploy.

Speed plays a very significant part in road accident. Road traffic accidents will happen where humans make mistakes and not pay attention to regulations on the road.

Tony Huggett, President of the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa

Do speed cameras really change the behaviours of the motorists or they just slow down at a zone where everybody knows there is a camera and proceed to speed immediately after?

The real challenge is getting behavior to change along the entire corridor. The concept of fixed cameras where people will comply for a small period is a concern.

Tony Huggett, President of the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa

To hear the rest of the conversation with Tony Huggett, listen below:


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