Speed cameras 'a waste of time and money'

28 June 2006
Only one in eight people are in support of speed cameras as the most effective way to promote safe driving, according to a new survey.

The study, commissioned by online insurance company swiftcover.com, shows a majority of motorists also think revenue from fines generated by speed traps is being wasted on putting up more cameras.

The 4,403 speed cameras in operation in the UK raise £114 million a year in fines from over two million speeding convictions but motorists remain unconvinced that such measures are improving road safety.

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

"Britain's drivers are not only frustrated by the ineffective use of the cameras - many are hit in the pocket with a fine for speeding and could face increased insurance premiums when they believed that they were driving safely for the prevailing conditions at the time.

"Our experience shows that drivers with one speeding conviction are just as safe as those with none," Mr Blowers continued, "so swiftcover.com does not charge extra for those unfortunate enough to have been caught by a speed camera just once."

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