Half of motorists question speed camera motives

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  • | by Kristian Dando
Most people are of the opinion that speed cameras help save lives and make the road a safer place, but far less people trust their principle objectives and why they're placed where they are, according to new research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). The survey of 1,000 motorists found that around 50 per cent of people thought that speed cameras and enfocement vans were being used as a convenient aid to boost the coffers of local constabularies. Meanwhile, less than a third of people said they thought that Britain’s speed cameras are only used at sites with a bad accident and crash record. The IAM’s survey also found that most people thought that speed awareness courses were a better idea than prosecution for offences. IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “Support for cameras is strong as is support for speed awareness training rather than fines or points. Prosecuting and fining drivers does not improve driving skills or awareness of the hazards of excessive speed. Training would reduce the number of casualties and prosecutions. That so many young people want this is very positive. “Many motorists are still cynical about the aims and deployment of speed cameras and much more work needs to be done to dispel their negative perceptions," he continued. "In times of cut-backs to police budgets, speed cameras are an essential part of the policing toolkit, but it’s clear that the public need reassuring about their purpose and funding.” Do you trust speed cameras? Do you believe that they help save lives? Join the debate below….