Most drivers do not believe the claim that speed cameras are placed only at car accident hotspots, new research has revealed.
Attitudes to speed cameras in general appear to have hardened recently, perhaps due to the state of the economy, it is suggested.
IAM highlights mistrust
The latest survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found a 6% fall in the number of people who believe speed cameras help to reduce road traffic accident injuries.
There are also regional variations in public attitudes, with people in Yorkshire and Humberside said to be among the most sceptical with around 77% of people there in favour of the cameras.
The overall average has fallen from 80% to 79%, according to the survey, with almost half of people feeling that speed cameras are primarily there to make money.
Speed camera ‘expectations raised’
Neil Greig, director of policy at the IAM, said public expectations that speed cameras could be scrapped might have been raised when the Government cut funding for cameras in 2010.
Referring to an apparent “hardening of attitude”, he said: “For the first time in 10 years support for cameras has gone below 80%. It is difficult to put a single reason on it but we think possibly it is the economy.
“A year or two ago there were some predictions that speed cameras might end altogether and perhaps some people got their hopes up and the reality is they have carried on. Perhaps some people are a bit disappointed.”
Speed cameras in Wales ‘supported’
Drivers in Wales are most supportive of speed cameras with 87% in favour, the poll found.
The South East and London are also more behind speed cameras than most with approval ratings of 86%, but Scotland is the most sceptical of all with just 63% of respondents saying they support them.
Meanwhile, anyone who has been involved in a road traffic accident can seek advice from Accident Advice Helpline, where experts are on hand to discuss all kinds of issues such as driver injury claims and claims for whiplash injury. Call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
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