Alongside the report the RAC Foundation published today on the effectiveness of speed cameras – based on data in 9 areas for a total of 551 cameras – the Foundation also asked Ipsos MORI to gauge opinion about the use of cameras amongst the Great British public.
The question asked as part of their online omnibus survey was this:
“To what extent do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable to use speed cameras in Britain to identify vehicles driving faster than the speed limit?”
At first glance the result might be surprising. 84% of respondents – 2,017 adults aged 16-75 – agreed that it was either very or fairly acceptable to do so.
However the response does follow an already observed pattern. For example look at a question posed to its members by our counterparts at the AA back in November 2010.
“It is now common for the police to use speed cameras at the side of the road to identify vehicles involved in speeding offences. How acceptable do you think this is?”
… 75% of those who responded said it was acceptable.
It would be a step too far to say most people loved speed cameras, but the vast majority seem to recognise a need for them.