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Speed camera support 'at all-time high'

05/11/2010

Support for speed cameras is running at an all-time high, a poll by the AA has suggested. According to the motoring organisation's survey of members in October, 75% now believe that the use of speed cameras is 'acceptable' - including 30% who believe their use is 'very acceptable'. This compares with a 69% approval rating in a poll conducted in November last year, and is the highest level reached in ten years of monitoring public sentiment for the devices, the AA says. It is highlighting that the increase has come against the backdrop of the Government's pledge to end "the war on motorists" - which has seen speed cameras being switched off in some areas of the country. President Edmund King said that he hoped the AA's findings would be taken into account during future spending decisions by the Government and by local authorities. "Perhaps speculation about turning off more cameras has ironically led to greater support," he added. "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 black spots and more comprehensive driver education." The results come in the same week that reports have arisen of Oxfordshire County Council - one of the first authorities to switch off all its cameras due to central funding cuts - announcing it is seeking to reactivate its devices. According to the BBC, the council has been in talks with police to switch cameras back on across the county - though it is not yet clear if this would involve the entire 72-strong network. Within days of the county's cameras being switched off at the start of August, the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership was reporting an increase in speeding of up to 88%.


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