40% of Australians Believe Speed Cameras are for Packing Governement Purses

July 2008

Are the Government’s reactionary measures toward road accidents taking their financial toll on motorists or should we be confident that speed cameras will help control the number of road casualties across the country?

A survey of 3,000 Australians by low cost car insurance provider Budget Direct, found that 46% of Australian motorists believe speed cameras are just for revenue raising.

Managing Director and CEO of Budget Direct Michael Weston said the results revealed that motorists were torn when asked if they think speed cameras actually reduced speeding, with 46% saying they do make a difference and 46% believing they do not. The remaining 8% simply didn’t know.

“There seems to be a strong divide concerning the success of speed cameras, although only 3 percent believed they should be removed altogether. Most motorists will slow down when faced with a speed camera sign but this deterrent seems to be a quick fix.

“Unfortunately, many motorists don’t slow down until they themselves have been involved in an accident and more often than not lives are lost before the message is taken seriously,” Mr Weston said.

In a bid to reduce road casualties, police relentlessly target speeding drivers through the use of speed cameras; however 58% of respondents believe that speed cameras don’t reduce road casualties compared to 28% believing they do.

About Budget Direct

Budget Direct is a cheap car insurance provider that offers competitive car insurance to drivers in Australia. Budget Direct is a wholly owned Australian insurance provider and is part of the international Budget Insurance group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The Budget Insurance group of companies administers more than 3 million policies and $1 billion in premium. Auto & General Insurance Company Ltd underwrites Budget Direct’s policies.

To compare car insurance go to www.budgetdirect.com.au.

For further information or interviews please contact Jonathan Kerr, Director, Marketing & Digital, Budget Direct (Auto & General) at 07 3377 8801 or mediaenquiries@budgetdirect.com.au

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000.  It is part of the international BHL Group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The group provides more than 6.8 million policies to insurance customers and administers $2 billion in premiums annually. Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Health, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.