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Cameras ‘benefit’ road safety

People think speed cameras are beneficial to road safety, according to the results of the IAM’s annual speed camera survey.

Results revealed 85% of respondents said that speed cameras have helped to contribute to the fall in road deaths since 1990s.

Meanwhile, 82% of people now think it is acceptable for authorities to use speed cameras, however 45% think that raising income is still a main reason for their use.

Speed awareness courses are also popular – 72% of respondents said that speed awareness courses are a good idea.

The results for the home nations vary: speed cameras are least popular in Wales where 32% of people think their use is not acceptable.

The survey also shows that Wales has the highest rate of people caught speeding. In the past three years 27% of people were caught speeding or knew someone in the household who was caught speeding.

In contrast, cameras are most popular in Scotland where only 15% think they are unacceptable. Only 14% were caught speeding or knew someone in the household who was.

In England, 19% of people were convicted or knew someone in their household who was caught speeding in the last three years, while 20% think their use is not acceptable.

Generally, people find that speed cameras are more acceptable than five years ago. In 2007, 30% of respondents said speed cameras were not acceptable, a figure which has reduced every year to 16% this year.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Simply catching and fining drivers does not change drivers’ awareness of the hazards of excessive speed. The popularity of speed awareness courses show that the public think training is the best option.

“Speed cameras are an essential part of the policing toolkit and are becoming more and more accepted, but it’s clear that some people need reassuring about their purpose and funding.”

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  • DENNIS DUGEN - 28/08/2012 12:01

    Nobody asked me!! Cameras are supposed to be sited where there has been a number of accidents in the recent past (places that used to be described as 'accident black spots'). Many are incorrectly sited if you apply this criteria. In any case, anyone observing at a camera site will see that the effect of a camera is that drivers slow on the immediate approach and speed up thereafter. It is not speed that causes accidents - but driver behaviour. If our roads were policed with actual officers and not electronic gismos we would have a much more effective road safety policy

  • Bianca Castafiore - 28/08/2012 12:29

    Speaking as a person who lives in a village once described as having the most speed cameras in a 2 mile stretch of road, I think they do deter speeding. I do think that the 170 speed bumps that we were also forced to endure might also have something to do with it as well though! However, can someone please explain why some half-wit in authority decided that if a camera is faulty, (as opposed to simply not having a film loaded), it should have a bag placed over it stating 'Camera not operational'....?

  • Richard Ceen - 28/08/2012 12:43

    The popularity of speed awareness courses is simply that the public care far less about the fine than the points. If the authorities really believed that speed over the set limits was really dangerous then let them forego the fines and insit on the points

  • Peter Bonney - 28/08/2012 14:34

    Are the days of the fixed speed camera numbered? Average speed cameras seem to be appearing on more and more trunk roads, not just road works sections. I hate the feeling of being the only driver not in the "know". Where its safe to do so I kick in the cruise control at the signed limit and sit it out, other divers speed by at quite a rate of knots, do they ever get caught? Are they privy to the tolerances? Are they maths geniuses able to instantly calculate their average speed? Or maybe just chancers but I do hate the feeling of being the only one not knowing the rules of the game. At least with the fixed cameras you get the feeling of schadenfreude when a speedster gets flashed.

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