While the vast majority of the motoring public still appear to support the use of speed cameras, the number is slightly smaller than this time last year, according to a study published today (19/11/13) by the IAM.
The findings have led to the IAM saying there is “still skepticism” about cameras among the motoring public, and Simon Best, IAM chief executive to say that “drivers are increasingly seeing speed cameras as revenue raising apparatus”.
The IAM study shows that 80% of motorists accept the use of speed cameras, down 1% on last year’s survey. 79% of respondents think that cameras are useful to reducing injuries, a fall of 6% from the 2012 findings.
Over half of respondents (52%) do not believe that cameras are only sited at locations where accidents happen – and almost half think that raising money is the main purpose of cameras.
Support for speed awareness courses has increased. Three quarters of respondents support the use of speed awareness courses – up from 70% year on year.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, 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 skeptical of their importance for road safety.”