French Speed Camera Resistance Helped Lower Road Fatalities Nationwide

Nearly two-thirds of the speed cameras in France were out of service by the end of last year, yet the nation enjoyed the safest year ever on its roads in 2018. The traffic death toll for the year was 3503 in throughout the country and its overseas territories — a 5 percent drop from the previous year, according to the provisional numbers released last week by the road safety agency ONISR. Hospitalizations were likewise down by 25 percent, and injury accidents fell 5 percent. Advocates of lowered speed limits and increased photo enforcement had warned that vigilante action against speed cameras would have a “blood price” from increased accidents…