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The majority of motorists support safety cameras

20 November 2013

Story from the IAM.

The use of safety cameras are supported by the majority of the motoring public, according to the latest research published today by  RoadSafe partner the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Eighty per cent of motorists accept the use of cameras, but this is down one per cent on last year’s survey. Seventy nine per cent think that  cameras are useful to reducing injuries, a fall of six per cent from the 2012 findings.

There is still scepticism amongst the motoring public. Over half of drivers (52%) do not believe that cameras are only sited at locations where accidents happen. Almost half of drivers think that raising money is the main purpose of safety cameras.

However, support for speed awareness courses has increased. Three quarters of motorists support the use of speed awareness courses - up from 70 per cent in 2011.

IAM chief executive Simon Best 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.”

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