New generation speed cameras cut accidents and slow drivers

The cameras can track multiple vehicles and multiple possible infractions - and police say it's having an impact on road safety already.

File picture of a speed camera road sign / Credit: iStock

A new type of speed cameras set up earlier this year has reduced accidents on two stretches of highway, according to police.

The cameras were installed on parts of Highway 4 / E74; and on Route 6 between Loviisa and Kouvola.

The next generation technology was developed in Sweden and uses radar technology and high resolution cameras to track multiple vehicles at once – with images detailed enough to know if a driver is not wearing their seat belt, or using their mobile phone while driving.

How have the new cameras helped?

According Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency’s data, there were 15 road accidents in total on that specific stretch of Highway 4 during the period April to September 2019 – compared to 27 accidents during the same period in 2016.

There were no fatal accidents during the January-August period while in 2018 two people died. And there were three people injured in 2019, compared to eight last year.

Data shows there was an overall reduction in speeds of drivers.

The average speed on the road was 85.6 kilometers per hour during the 2019 test period, compared with 87.7 km per hour in 2016.

Police note a similar trend on the road between Loviisa and Kouvola as well.

There were 16 accidents in 2016, but only seven during September and October when the cameras were introduced.

“We are pleased that we have been able to improve road safety on high-traffic roads”, says
Superintendent Heikki Ihalainen from the National Police Board.