Survey reveals public views on speeding by schools and on motorways

More than 82 percent of Britons who drive the public prefer using speed cameras to fine drivers who speed near schools, a study suggests, but they think very differently about speeding on highways.

The survey of 2,000 motorists by road safety organization IAM Roadsmart found that only 63 percent of those surveyed said they support the use of cameras to detect people driving more than ten miles per hour above the legal limit on the highway.

In addition, just under half of drivers find it acceptable to drive at 130 km / h on the highway, while one in four also find it acceptable to drive at speeds above 130 km / h.

Neil Greig, policy and research director at IAM RoadSmart, said: “It is reassuring to see that the majority of drivers we surveyed are in favor of using speed cameras to improve road safety outside of schools.

“Speeding in cities may be universally disliked, but it’s clear we have a long way to go before the same message gets through on highways.

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

“So it’s extremely disappointing to see such an apparent acceptance of speeding on freeways, and we need to do more to bring about a fundamental shift in attitude and behavior here.”

The study also found a noticeable increase in speed acceptance among those who travel longer distances.

About 56 percent of those who travel more than 10,000 miles a year felt it was acceptable to drive 130 mph or more on the highway.