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Only 27% of UK Drivers Believe Speed Cameras Improve Safety

Article by: robert
Date: 27 Aug 2009

pocketgpsworld.comSky News has reported that a new survey commissioned by YouGov and insurance firm Admiral has revealed that whilst 27% think speed cameras improve road safety, 73% do not.

Less than 20% of those polled thought more cameras should be installed.

The research also shows that more than four out of five drivers in Britain admitted to breaking speed limits.

Out of 3,280 respondents, 82% of drivers (86% male and 78% women) admitted to speeding sometimes or frequently. A huge 14% said they had been caught exceeding the speed limit in the last 12 months.
Posted by Snudge on Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:34 am Reply with quote

The 27% are probably mums doing the 1/4 mile school run so are not 'real' drivers and don't count - in which case 0% of drivers think speed cameras improve road safety.

Posted by juliaosborne on Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:03 pm Reply with quote

I always doubted that Speed cameras improved safety and always suscribed to the notion that they were there to make money. However, I was surprised that Kent Safety Camera Partnership took the move to publisise the success of their safety cameras on Invicta Radio this summer. They claimed IRC about a 57% reduction in crashes at accident blackspots since cameras were introduced. If this is true, then maybe cameras at accident blackspots are doing some good, because a 57% reduction in accidents sounds a statistic worth having. I was both surprised at the advertising campaign and impressed by the claimed statistic and I do think the Kent Safety camera partnership did themselves some good publicity by the advertising campaign. Maybe speed cameras do achieve some good.

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Posted by keefieh on Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:37 pm Reply with quote

juliaosborne, have you looked at http://www.safespeed.org.uk/rttm.html?

If you Google "speed camera regression to the mean" you'll find quite a bit of reading material...

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