Okay so you hate speed cameras but at least they decrease the number of car accidents and save lives, right? Wrong, at least in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Sun reports that car and truck accdients have gone up steadily during the four year reign of speed cameras. Does this make any sense?
One supposes that the response of drivers to unknown or unseen speed cameras may be to slow down quickly thereby causing a crash but the numbers in Baltimore are very different than Prince George's County and Montgoemry County where car crash rates went down 12% and 14% respectively.
Official explanations are that accident rates nationwide are up as a result of an improved economy yielding more people on area roads but of course that would mean more Prince Georges and Montgomery County drivers as well. Could it be the $60,000,000.00 in revenue in Baltimore from tickets makes more crashes more tolerable?