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Drivers 'desensitised' to speed by camera growth

ONE in six drivers now have penalty points on their licences compared to one in 10 five years ago, a new study claims.

And it attributes this rise to the increasing number of speed cameras being installed along the UK's road network.

The RAC Foundation and Autocar study found that Britain's motorists are becoming desensitised to speeding convictions because of the massive growth in speed cameras.

They say their findings prove that being caught speeding no longer has a stigma attached. A total of 52% of motorists polled said they were not embarrassed to have points on their licence. Only 16% said they were 'very embarrassed'.

The research suggests that speed cameras are merely seen as a daily annoyance, rather than a law-enforcing tool to respect. A record number of speed cameras – about 4,500 – now police Britain's road network, up by 1,000 on a year ago, the study claims.

The number of speeding offences recorded in Britain has sky-rocketed in recent years and is tipped to break the two million barrier soon.

Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said: 'Rather than sending out millions of fixed-penalty notices, we would like to see motorists being given a chance to re-train. Surely the objective of cameras should be to educate people to become safer drivers, rather than fine them and get them off the road?'

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