Most drivers back wider use of average speed cameras on motorways

More than half of drivers would be in favour of average speed cameras being used on regular stretches of motorway to crack down on speeding motorists. 

The cameras, which are used to measure how long it takes for a driver to travel between two fixed points, are sometimes put into use on A-roads but are more commonly found on sections of motorway which are currently undergoing maintenance. 

However, in a survey of over 3,000 people for the RAC Report on Motoring, 54 per cent said that they would be in favour of average speed cameras being used on normal sections of motorway to enforce the 70mph limit. 

It’s despite 56 per cent of those questioned saying that they had broken the speed limit on motorways, while 34 per cent admitted to travelling in excess of 80mph. Three per cent even said that they had exceeded 100mph. 

RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said: “Despite more than half of drivers admitting to regularly exceeding the 70mph speed limit, road safety statistics clearly show that motorways are our safest roads.

“With so many motorists admitting to driving much faster than they should on the motorway, it was interesting to see such strong support for average speed cameras to be used more widely to enforce the 70mph limit as opposed to just in roadworks, as is currently the case.

“We believe drivers see these cameras as being very effective at reducing speeds over longer distances and controlling traffic flow as well as being fairer than fixed position ones as they aren’t instantly punished for a momentary transgression.”

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