According to a new study by Gocompare.com, more than 70% of UK drivers feel that speed cameras only exist to make money and not to prevent accidents.
The findings are revealed following West Midlands Police Force announcing it’s decision to scrap 304 fixed speed cameras in the area, citing the cost of upgrading them as the main cause for their removal.
Go Compare’s research also found that;
- Almost half of UK motorists do not believe speed cameras reduce accidents
- Nearly 1 in 3 motorists slow down for speed cameras and then speed up again
- 35% of motorists admitted to breaking the speed limit when they ‘consider it safe to do so’
- Over 45% believe that speed cameras should be completely abolished
Speed cameras were first introduced in the UK in 1992 and raise an estimated £100m in fines each year, which may explain why more than 75% of motorists believe that speed cameras are positioned to catch people out rather than prevent accidents.
The research also suggests that presence of speed cameras doesn’t necessarily change everyone’s driving habits with 1 in 3 motorists admitting they only slow down as they approach the camera, and speed up after they have passed it.
27% of motorists indicated that they were most likely to break the speed limit on motorways, whilst 12% of motorists taking part in the survey were most likely to speed on roads with a 30 miles per hour limit.
Drivers in the East and South East of England are the least supportive of speed cameras, with nearly half of motorists from the region believing that speed cameras should be abolished.