While the vast majority of motorists now accept the use of speed cameras on Britain's roads, a large portion still believe their main function is to boost the incomes of the authorities, a new survey has found.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found 82 per cent believe speed cameras are acceptable, up from 2007's poll which saw 30 per cent stating they weren't happy with their presence. This figure has dropped every year, according to the IAM.
Some 45 per cent believe cameras are first and foremost money-making devices. Interestingly, speed cameras were least popular in Wales, which also has the highest rate of people who had been caught speeding or were familiar with someone who had (27 per cent).
In addition, 72 per cent of respondents agreed speed awareness courses would be a good idea.
"Speed cameras are an essential part of the policing toolkit and are becoming more and more accepted, but it’s clear that some people need reassuring about their purpose and funding," said IAM chief executive Simon Best.
Of course, from a car maintenance point of view speeding could also be costly as wear on tyres and other car parts increases and necessitates more frequent repairs and replacements.
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