Monash University Accident Research Centre - Report #242 
Authors: Delaney, A., Ward, H. & Cameron, M.
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The use of automated speed enforcement technologies is now wide spread throughout many parts of the world and research has consistently demonstrated the positive road safety benefits achieved through the use of these technologies. However, there is wide variation in the nature, extent of use and perceived acceptability of automated enforcement technology, particularly as the primary form of speed enforcement. Despite these differences controversies associated with the use of speed enforcement technology have arisen in each jurisdiction and some common elements across jurisdictions are evident.
This report examines the controversies experienced in Australia, North America and Britain in terms of one of the four dilemmas identified by Goldenbeld (2002). The four dilemmas are as follows:
Despite the common themes that emerge across countries, the impact of negative public perceptions of speed camera programs may be seen to be especially severe in North America, particularly in British Columbia where they contributed to the decision to abolish the photo radar program. Therefore, the approaches adopted in Australia and Great Britain to address public concerns and minimise the effect on the operation of automated speed enforcement initiatives are considered.