France: Speed cameras generate over $749 million

France has allocated a budget of US$85.6 million for maintaining its 2,750 speed radar detectors (including 150 new red light radars) in 2010, up 15.4% , and nearly US$73 million to deploy new radars, down 12.4%. In 2009, radars generated revenue of over $749 million.

According to MP Hervé Mariton, speed radars alone will not be sufficient to attain the objective of less than 3,000 road deaths in 2012. He says a drop in accidents since 2006 is down to a drop in traffic rather than an increase in the number of radar installations.

Between 2006 and 2007, when traffic increased 0.8%, deaths dropped 1.9%. Between 2007 and 2008, when traffic dropped 1.5%, deaths dropped 11.5%.

Courtesy: ITS International.

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