Average speed cameras show positive first results in Latvia

The initial two-month statistics on the average speed control show that the number of road traffic accidents decreases significantly within the sections, Latvian State Roads (LVC) reported on November 23.

In August and September this year, compared to the relevant time period in 2022, the number of accidents in the average speed control sections has decreased by 46%, the number of accidents with victims – by 64%, and with injuries – by 73%.

Photo: LVC

However, two months is still a small period for obtaining quality statistics, more accurate data will be visible once the equipment has been in operation for a full year, LVC noted.

Statistics show that, in these sections, drivers tended to reduce their speed even before the cameras were switched on – immediately after the equipment and corresponding road signs were installed.

The average speed control system is an automatic measurement system that performs a speed measurement based on the time taken to drive a certain section of road. At the beginning and end of the section, equipment shall be installed to record the times when the vehicle enters and leaves the section of the road and to calculate the average speed at which the section has been crossed. If the average vehicle speed recorded by the system is higher than the maximum permitted at this stage, the owner will receive a penalty.

There are currently 15 average speed camera sections in the national road network. Another stage has been built but is not operational yet.

It is planned to start designing electricity connections and equipment for the next 17 intermediate speed control phases at the end of November, the contract conditions are still being harmonized.

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