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Speed Fines Shown to Increase Accidents

Graham Marshall - Monday, April 30, 2012

In 2009 State Senator Leland Yee authorized legislation which approved the doubling of traffic infringement fines on four of San Francisco's busiest roads.

The four roads involved in the special legislation included 19th Avenue, Van Ness Avenue, Lombard Street and Park Presidio Boulevard.  The first three roads form State Highway 1 and US Highway 101 as they pass through San Francisco.

But after two years of implementation, the outcome of the doubling of traffic fines In San Francisco has been a significant increase in both traffic accidents and injuries.

The San Francisco Examiner (Sunday April 15th, 2012) reporting on information released by the SF Police Departed shows:

+    68 per cent increase in traffic injuries on 19th Avenue;

+    281 per cent increase in traffic injuries on Lombard Street; and

+   122 per cent increase in traffic injuries on Park Presidio Boulevard. 

Only Van Ness Avenue reported a drop with traffic injuries falling by just 7 per cent.

The San Francisco results are a further example of the lack of evidence that imposing speed fines result in improved safety for road users.

In Perth (WA), the Road Safety Council and Western Australian Government are still trying to con WA motorists that the speed fines are anything other than a road tax on motorists.  Over here in Australia, it's nothing more than revenue raising wrapped up as a "safety campaign".

San Francisco shows the rot at the heart of the road safety campaign in WA!




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