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Scepticism about speed cameras increases

The number of people that think speed cameras are useful to reducing injuries has fallen from 85% last year to 79% this year, according to the latest research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). 

More than half of drivers (52%) do not believe that cameras are only sited at locations where accidents happen. 

Almost half of drivers think that raising money is the main purpose of safety cameras. 

However, the use of speed cameras is supported by the majority of the motoring public with 80% accepting the use of speed cameras - down 1% on last year’s survey. 

Support for speed awareness courses has increased this year.

Three-quarters of motorists now support the use of speed awareness courses - up from 70% in 2011.

Scottish motorists are the most against speed cameras and speed awareness courses. 

However, they are the least likely to have someone in their household with speeding points.

Simon Best, chief executive of the IAM, said: "Speed cameras are a successful road safety solution at key crash sites and it’s important that the government and safety camera partnerships work to maintain a positive view so that the rising suspicion amongst motorists does not become a trend.

“During times of austerity, drivers are increasingly seeing speed cameras as revenue raising apparatus and are sceptical of their importance for road safety.”

Regional breakdown of results 


% in favour of speed cameras



South East




North East


South West


West Midlands


East of England


North West


Yorkshire and Humberside


East Midlands





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  • Veronica - 19/11/2013 14:20

    Speeding fine £100 and three points, each fatality costs taxpayers about one and half million, roads are closed, so the rest of us miss planes, meeting and appointments. ONLY around five people will die each day on our roads and ONLY sixty will be seriously hurt and ONLY about six hundred people getting hurt a bit each day! How many times a day does the average driver speed? How many times do they get caught speeding in a lifetime of driving?

  • James C. Walker - 21/11/2013 00:16

    The only reason cameras get this level of support is the lack of knowledge that setting posted limits at the 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic (as the UK did 20+ years ago) would produce greater safety without the need to confiscate so much money from citizens and visitors. National Motorists Association member and frequent visitor to Britain

  • Ted Phillips - 22/11/2013 09:04

    I've seen speed cameras installed on new roads before they have opened those roads (around London). Some cameras make drivers brake hard on approach to them, daft. If the cash from cameras paid for more police on the roads to catch bad/dangerous driving or no insurance, I would fully agree. Too many drivers (male & female) break driving laws and don't care about you, me or anyone else. We need more traffic police to weed out the law breakers.

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