According to Claes Tingvall, head of traffic safety at the agency, this will require 2,000 cameras compared to the 1,100 that are mounted along the country’s roads today.
“The cameras help reduce speed by three to four kilometers an hour, and that’s all it takes to lower the traffic accident fatalities by 20 to 30 percent,” said Tingvall.
Doubling the number of cameras would cost US$ 7.5 million and mean that cameras would be placed along 6,000 kilometers of roads in Sweden. That is not a big investment compared to the cost of improving the roads, said Tingvall.
A few years ago cameras were placed along the stretch of road between Jönköping and Mullsjö in southern Sweden to make sure that drivers stick to the speed limit. Christel Nilsson who was on her way from Skövde to Jönköping told Swedish Radio that she thinks speed monitors are needed.
“I think it’s good because unfortunately many people speed past you in the strangest places on the road because they’re in a hurry. If this can save lives, then I think it’s okay,” said Nilsson.
Hans Lindqvist, another driver, told Swedish Radio News that he thinks the money should be invested in improving roads instead.
“They’ve been forced to put up the cameras because they don’t invest in the roads,” he said.
But according to Tingvall, often the problem is not that the roads need to be repaired. “It’s a constant balancing act between investing in a new road or encouraging people to stick to the speed limits,” he said.
The Swedish Transport Authority plans to submit its proposal to the Government soon.