posted 7 years ago

Speed Cameras Accepted by Motorists

The vast majority of people are in favour of speed cameras, according to research by The Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The vast majority of people are in favour of speed cameras, according to research by The Institute of Advanced Motorists. In fact, eighty-two percent say that it is 'acceptable' for authorities to use them to enforce the law. However, forty-five percent of respondents believe their main purpose is to raise money rather than reduce speeding. Furthermore, eight-five per-cent say that speed cameras have contributed to the fall in road deaths since the nineties - and seventy-two per-cent believe speed awareness courses are a 'good idea'.

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.' He continued: 'Speed cameras are an essential part of the policing tool kit and are becoming more and more accepted - but it’s clear that some people need reassuring about their purpose and funding.'

The perception of speed cameras varies throughout the UK. As such, thirty-two per-cent of survey respondents in Wales consider their use 'unacceptable'. This falls to twenty per-cent in England and fifteen per-cent in Scotland. Interestingly, Wales has the highest percentage of camera related convictions in the UK. Twenty-seven per-cent, in fact, have either been convicted – or know someone in their household who has been convicted – within the last three years. This falls to fourteen per-cent in Scotland and nineteen per-cent in England. As such, people in the part of the UK with the least camera convictions most accept their use.