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Survey reveals public views on speeding by schools and on motorways

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Survey reveals public views on speeding by schools and on motorways

According to a survey, more than 82 percent of UK passengers prefer using speed cameras to determine the speed of drivers near schools – but they see the pace very differently on motorways.

A survey of 2,000 drivers by the traffic safety organization IAM Roadsmart found that only 63 percent of respondents support the use of cameras to detect people traveling more than ten miles per hour above the legal limit on the motorway.

In addition, just under half of drivers think it is acceptable to drive at 80 mph on the freeway, while one in four think it is acceptable to drive at over 80 mph.

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, said, “It is comforting to see that the majority of drivers we surveyed are in favor of using speed cameras to improve road safety outside of schools.

“City speeding may be generally unpopular, but it is clear that we still have a long way to go before the same message arrives on highways.

“Speeding causes more than 4,000 casualties on UK roads every year – an average of 11 people a day killed or seriously injured.

“So it is extremely disappointing to see that speeding is clearly accepted on highways, and we need to do more to bring about a fundamental change in attitudes and behavior.”

The survey also found a noticeable increase in the acceptance of speeding by people who travel longer distances.

About 56 percent of those who travel more than 10,000 miles per year found it acceptable to drive at 80 mph or more on the freeway.

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