Speed Cameras

Shock new AA poll shows support for cameras has grown to record level

3 November 2010

Three quarters of AA members now accept the use of speed cameras, according to a new AA/Populus poll of 18,251 AA members. Acceptance levels have increased from 69% in the last poll to a record high of 75%, despite or perhaps because of, talk about "war on the motorist" and the scrapping of cameras.

Oxfordshire seems to be reaching agreement to switch their cameras back on These figures are revealed on the day that Oxfordshire seems to be reaching agreement to switch their cameras back on. Support in Oxfordshire for cameras is running at 77% perhaps because residents and drivers were shocked by the increase in speeding since the cameras were turned off.


Commenting, Edmund King, AA president said: "The AA has been monitoring the public acceptance of cameras for ten years and the level of acceptance has been around 70%. This latest poll shows the highest levels of support ever. Perhaps speculation about turning off more cameras has ironically led to greater support. We hope that these findings are taken into account when Government and local authorities are prioritising spending for the future.

"We have always said that cameras are just one part of the solution to make roads safer. We also need to see wider police enforcement of dangerous driving, better engineering of accident blackspots and more comprehensive driver education."

We asked

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?

Poll 15-23 October 2010 (AA/Populus – 18,251 responses)

Acceptable 75% (including 30% very acceptable)
Not acceptable 24% (including 7% not at all acceptable)
Women – 82% acceptable
Men – 70% acceptable

Poll 5-12 November 2009 (AA/Populus – 14,848 responses)

Acceptable 69% (including 24% very acceptable)
Not acceptable 30% (including 10% not at all acceptable)
Women – 80% acceptable
Men – 63% acceptable

There is little variance in acceptability by age.

In terms of regions/countries the greatest level of acceptability is in Scotland (80%) followed by the South at 77%. The lowest level of acceptability is in Wales (70%) followed by the West Midlands at 72% and the East Midlands at 73%.

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4 November 2010