Proper traffic safety not the priority in France and elsewhere “safety” camera corporations setup shop

Feb 7 2019 – Kevin Yaworski –

If the elected and appointed officials in France were concerned about proper safety as mandated and not the 1.4 Billion euros in annual “safety” revenue they would invest in proper traffic engineering. No wonder there is so many protesting in the streets and destroying the cameras. Fatalities, injuries and accidents reduced by almost 2% after the majority of scameras disabled or destroyed.

Similar safety improvements will happen in Winnipeg and most places in Canada and the US where For Profit “safery” camera corporations setup shop once proper speed limits, amber times and signage implemented or restored. This proven once these are based on proven national engineering standards instead of being influenced by incompetent or corrupted politicians and the out of control bureaucracy they are allowing.

“The French government is offering automating ticketing vendors a special contract to develop an AI review system.”

“The notice admitted that automated ticketing machines in France each year falsely accuse 10,000 motorists of speeding or running a red light.”

2/7/2019
France, Saudi Arabia Experiment With AI Speed Cameras
Officials in Saudi Arabia and France explore using artificial intelligence to eventually replace human tickets review entirely.

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/66/6642.asp

2/4/2019
French Speed Camera Resistance Helped Lower Road Fatalities Nationwide
Destruction of speed cameras in France was accompanied by a 5 percent reduction in fatal accidents throughout the country

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/66/6643.asp

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France, Saudi Arabia Experiment With AI Speed Cameras
Officials in Saudi Arabia and France explore using artificial intelligence to eventually replace human tickets review entirely.

Artificial intelligence algorithms could soon take over the duty of reviewing speed camera and red light camera tickets. Officials in Saudi Arabia and France have investigated the use of AI to further automate the processing of citations generated by automated ticketing machines. Photo enforcement vendors demonstrated the technology last month in the traffic safety pavilion of the Al-Jenadriyah national heritage festival outside Riyadh.

The new technique uses machine learning algorithms to analyze speed camera video, processing the images to determine whether it is possible to issue tickets for failing to wear a seat belt or using a cell phone behind the wheel. At least initially, a human would sign off of the tickets in bulk before the system mails out fines. Any false positives would be fed back into the system so that the self-learning algorithm can adapt and avoid similar mistakes in the future, according to proponents.

The same error detection system would also be used to “double check” tickets that have already been reviewed by human employees. Once confident in the use of the technology, however, officials expect to replace human review with the AI program. The French government is offering automating ticketing vendors a special contract to develop an AI review system.

“The Ministry of the Interior through its National Agency for the Automated Treatment of Offenses wishes to develop an artificial intelligence that can associate photos from automated cameras with vehicle registration information in order to reduce the sending of tickets to drivers who did not commit an offense,” the request for proposals stated.

The notice admitted that automated ticketing machines in France each year falsely accuse 10,000 motorists of speeding or running a red light.

“In many cases, it is a misreading of the plate that causes the error,” the notice explained. “The ticket is then sent to registered owner entered in the vehicle registration database and not to the person who actually committed the offense. However, a technique exists to identify misidentified plates: compare the numbers on the plate to the model of associated with the vehicle.”

Under the contract, the AI system would learn to recognize the make and model of a vehicle from the video image so that it could be matched with the registration data.

French Speed Camera Resistance Helped Lower Road Fatalities Nationwide
Destruction of speed cameras in France was accompanied by a 5 percent reduction in fatal accidents throughout the country

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.

Monthly figures confirm the numbers held true when the greatest number of cameras were disabled. In December 2018, injury accidents declined 1.6 percent compared to December 2017, with fatalities equal at 292, despite the drop in active speed cameras and a reported 268 percent increase in “speeding” at the 80km/h (50 MPH) locations where the cameras were blinded. In November, when the yellow vest protests were at their peak, fatalities dropped 1.8 percent and injuries dipped 4.7 percent. Traffic volume was also up 7 percent over the 2013, which had previously been the safest year on record.

Officials desperate to restore the 1.2 billion euros (US $1.4 billion) in speed camera revenue planned for in the national budget have dispatched more road service crews to restore the disabled automated ticketing machines. The private company Satelec-Ineo last week began fixing the speed camera on the D976 in Visan which had been spraypainted and burned. The device has not yet been fully repaired. In the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, more of the 126 photo radar devices have returned to service. In Les Essarts-le-Roi, vigilantes attempted to set the N10 speed camera on fire, but firefighters arrived on the scene to extinguish the burning tireplaced on the device in time to save the radar. About twenty other cameras in the Yvelines department were not so lucky over the past few months.

On Friday, vigilantes successfully burned speed cameras in Veauche, Cuzieu, Montrond-les-Bains and La Versanne. On Thursday, the speed cameras on the RD83 in Rouffach and the RN83 in Ostheim went up in flames. In Abbeville, green fluorescent paint was used to blind the speed camera on the D40.

A trio of masked vigilantes took a pickax to the speed camera on the SS18 in Belvedere Marittimo, Italy, on January 27. According to Gazzetta del Sud, the private company that runs the camera only noticed the attack after seeing the number of incoming tickets drop to zero.

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