An IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) survey has found that while a majority of people agree with the government’s policy to reduce safety camera funding, a significant majority are supportive of cameras in principle.
The survey of nearly 1,000 respondents found that 44% supported government proposals to cut central funding of camera operations, with 30% unsure or expressing no opinion and 26% opposed.
However, safety cameras received a 70% approval rating overall.
Kevin Delaney, IAM head of road safety, said: “A lot of people like the idea of a camera on their street, slowing the traffic and making their area safer, but feel cheated when they confront one on a main road or in a different area.
“Rather than being purely hypocritical, it suggests drivers are seeing the lifesaving effects of cameras, but resent being caught out by them.”
The figures show a big difference between the sexes, with 55% of men supporting the switch-off, whereas only 33% of women agreed.
For more information contact the IAM Press Office on 020 8996 9777