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6 Recommendations on Automated Speed Enforcement

 Recommendations for the Deployment of Automated Enforcement Systems for Stakeholders

Improving road safety in low- and middle-income countries

Numerous Lower- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are experiencing an escalating crisis in road fatalities and injuries.

 

Safe Speed is one of five pillars in the Safe System Approach for road safety. Vehicle speed plays a critical role in influencing the risk of an accident. In a case of traffic accident, the impact speed has significant influence on  severity of injuries up to fatal outcome. Maintaining speeds at reasonable levels is important not only for reducing severity of accidents but also for sustaining the long-term economic development of a country.

 

Enhancing road safety heavily relies on effective speed management that advocates for three supporting pillars:

  1. Engineering

  2. Education

  3. Enforcement

However, as existing research highlighting the benefits of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) mostly focuses on High-Income Settings, TRANS-SAFE aims to investigate whether similar effects are observable in LMICs. 

 

In our report Recommendation for the Deployment of Automated
Enforcement Systems for Stakeholders
, TRANS-SAFE sets out six key recommendations for Automated Speed Enforcement.

Read the full report!

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CASE STUDY

Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda has the highest road fatality rate among East African nations.

Rwanda National Police's ASE program aims to
curb excessive speeding and high burden of
road safety using modern technology of speed
enforcement.

From a small-scale study, the plan has expanded across Rwanda’s roads and is already achieving results.

Key facts from Rwanda's ASE program:

29.7

road fatalities per 100,000 people

400

varying types of ASE cameras in use

Majority of

frequent drivers find the fines are fair

17% decrease

in mean car speed

Reduction

in serious injuries

6 ASE recommendations

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ASE as road safety tool

Recent studies consistently demonstrate that speed cameras serve as an effective intervention for reducing vehicle speed which primarily contributes to reducing number of accidents, injuries, and traffic fatalities.

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Essential collaboration with local & international partners

Early and sustained engagement with a wide range of partners, such as the police, policymakers, ASE system manufacturers, international road safety organizations, nations with extensive experience of ASE, research institutes, community leaders, and the public, is vital for the success and acceptance of ASE programs.

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ASE should have safety as priority

ASE should deter, not catch, speeding drivers. In other words, ASE is a way to enhance road safety, not to generate profit! This concept of safety can be identified by stakeholders’ decision on camera placement, warning sign, fine threshold, quality of camera equipment, and management of collected revenue.

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Road users should be included and given adequate information about ASE implementation

When people perceive speed management as excessively restrictive, costly, or inefficient, they are less inclined to support these measures. Given this, stakeholders should properly plan a campaign and warning period for ASE-implementation.

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Frequent research for optimal implementation & evaluation strategies

There is a need for high-quality data systems in accident studies. Its recommended to use the Africa Transport Policy Program's 2021 guide on minimum set of road safety indicators to enhance data quality in preparation for ASE programs.

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Automated speed enforcement do not solve all road safety Issues

Several studies in LMICs found ASE's effectiveness is localized to their enforcement area, therefore ASE should be seen as just one part of a broader speed management approach. In short, the implementation of ASE should work holistically with other pillars of the safe system approach.

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