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Speed cameras 'used to raise money'

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More than half of motorists who drive a significant number of miles think that the main aim of speed cameras is to raise money, a survey has found.

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) conducted the research as part of its report, Public Opinions of Speed Cameras. It also found that only 25% of high-mileage drivers believe that speed cameras are positioned at sites that have seen a large number of crashes and injuries.

Commercial vehicle drivers can feel the effects of speed cameras if they are caught driving over the limit, not only by having to pay a fine but also on their van insurance premiums.

IAM Drive & Survive head of training Simon Elstow said: "Many commercial drivers question the aims and deployment of speed cameras and much more work needs to be done to dispel their negative perceptions."

Overall, the study found that there is a large amount of support for speed cameras, at 79%, although the least supportive group is high-mileage drivers, with an approval rate of 70%.

At 77%, high-mileage motorists are most supportive of offering speed awareness courses as an option instead of prosecution.

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