EIGHTY-two per cent of people now think it is acceptable for authorities to use speed cameras, however 45 per cent think that raising income is still a main reason for their use, according to the IAM’s annual speed camera survey.
Speed awareness courses are also popular with a 72 per cent approval rating and eighty-five per cent of people think that speed cameras have helped to contribute to the fall in road deaths since 1990s. The results for the home nations vary:
n Speed cameras are least popular in Wales where 32 per cent of people think their use is not acceptable. The survey also shows that Wales has the highest rate of people caught speeding. In the last three years 27 per cent of people were caught speeding or knew someone in the household who was caught speeding.
n In contrast, cameras are most popular in Scotland where only 15 per cent think they are unacceptable. Only 14 per cent of Scottish were caught speeding or knew someone in the household who was.
n In England, 19 per cent of people were convicted or knew someone in their household who was caught speeding in the last three years - 20 per cent think their use is not acceptable.