THE ICE has called for the UK national press to be called to account for its unjustified opposition to speed cameras.
Government figures released last week showed that speed cameras reduce fatal and serious injuries by more than a third.
The figures are revealed in a two year report into the pilot scheme which allows police and local authorities to use camera revenue to pay for the costs of installing and running speed cameras.
In the eight pilot areas the number of people killed or seriously injured fell by an average of 35% on the roads where speed cameras have been in operation.
Average speeds at the camera sites fell by 10%, and there was an overall fall of 4% in deaths and serious injuries across the pilot areas as a whole.
The ICE said the results fully vindicate the effectiveness of speed cameras as a road safety measure, and criticised the national media for antagonistic approach.
'The media have been hostile to speed cameras and road safety measures in general, ' said Association of Municipal Engineers chairman John Sanders.
'There is little doubt that this hostility has weakened road safety policies and programmes, and that as a consequence people have been killed who might otherwise still be alive.
'It is time the media were called to account for editorial policies aimed at courting public opinion to sell newspapers rather than informing the public on appropriate behaviour as responsible road users, expressing realistic expectations, and providing good news stories on real successes like speed cameras which improve road safety and the environment as a whole, ' said Sanders.