In a research report by Britain’s Institute of Advanced Motorists (AIM) that involved more than 1000 respondents, more than half said that raising money is the principle aim of speed cameras and only 25 percent think that the cameras are used at so-called ‘black spots’.
On the whole though, the public support for speed cameras is high, with 79 percent citing approval. But it’s not fines and penalties they are supportive of, but rather speed awareness courses, as an alternative to prosecution.
Eighty-one percent of all drivers polled said that they think that speed cameras have contributed to a drop in road deaths over the last ten years, but high mileage drivers in the UK, don’t share the same opinion with their London based counterparts. This group think the cameras have “helped a little” according to the survey.
Simon Elstow is head of training for AIM, and said:
“Many commercial drivers question the aims and deployment of speed cameras and much more work needs to be done to dispel their negative perceptions.
“It is reassuring to discover that so many high-mileage drivers recognise that training is the best solution to bad driving. These results show how seriously they take road safety.”
Perhaps the same type of survey should be proposed in Australia, as it would interesting to see the results surrounding such a contentious issue.
It would seem that the deployment of many of the most lucrative speed cameras in Sydney and Melbourne are deployed in locations that don’t appear to be black spots, and yet the various roads and traffic organisations responsible for such decisions seem to offer little in the way of strong argument to support these placements.
Do you trust Australian authorities to place speed cameras in bona-fide black spots?