A Wiltshire town that decided to get rid of its speed cameras has the safest roads in Britain, a report has revealed.Despite the scaremongering at the time and accusations by MPs of council leaders "playing politics with lives" the reality is that speed cameras have had little effect. But then they were never about road safety
Swindon, which scrapped its speed cameras in July 2009 to save on council costs and trial other traffic calming measures, has just two accidents per thousand registered vehicles on its roads - the lowest rate in the UK. The town became the first English local authority to decommission fixed cameras, although it decided to maintain mobile cameras used by police.
Swindon saw little change to the number of accidents after the cameras were scrapped, with no fatalities in the six months following their removal.
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