‘Cameras encourage errratic driving’

Published on 09/10/2006
Moneymaker or safety tool? Speed cameras
Moneymaker or safety tool? Speed cameras

NEW government figures show only one in 20 collisions last year was caused by a driver breaking the speed limit.

A report reveals over half (54 per cent) of drivers think speed cameras encourage people to drive more erratically.

This is the staggering finding of ‘speed cameras and speeding drivers’, a comprehensive report published by online motor insurer swiftcover.com.

Other key findings from the report reveal:

58 per cent don’t believe speed cameras increase safe driving

Almost three quarters (71 per cent) think speed cameras make motorists less aware of hazards on the road, increasing their risk of causing accidents whilst their attention is diverted;

Less than one in eight (13 per cent) Brits think speed cameras are the safest way to reduce speeding;

Two thirds (66 per cent) believe speed cameras are mainly used as a revenue opportunity;

And seven in ten drivers (71 per cent) are focusing more on the speed camera than on the road ahead.

Andrew Blowers, chief executive at swiftcover.com, said: “It is clear from our research that speed cameras have emerged as the scourge of the 21st century motorist.

“People are fed up with the imposition of speed cameras on every corner but, more importantly, believe that they are failing to fulfil their key objective of improving road safety.

“Equally, motorists feel that the huge amount of revenue generated from these cameras – estimated at £114million each year – could be put to far better use than simply paying for more and more cameras."