Drivers are undermining police speeding traps

October 2010

Seven out of ten drivers are disrupting traffic to avoid a speeding ticket says low cost car insurance provider Budget Direct.

In a survey of more than 1300 motorists 57% said they automatically go for the brake upon noticing a covert camera, even though they were obeying the speed limit, while a further 21% go for the brake to reduce their speeding.

Spokesperson for Budget Direct Richelle Ward said these survey results question whether drivers are consistently reducing their speed or just adjusting to speed cameras.

It appears a driver’s mentality is to slow down around fixed speed cameras and ‘be on alert’ for covert cameras. It also seems drivers are working against police as 44% claim to warn oncoming traffic of a speed camera by flashing their head lights.

“Slamming brakes and not focusing on the road appears to be common practice which is a real concern as this type of behaviour could be the catalyst for road accidents, Ms Ward said.

These controversial results show that 70% of motorists believe speed cameras do nothing to reduce road causalities while 58% say they don’t reduce speeding.

With more speed cameras in use than ever before drivers are up in arms about the government’s supposed blatant grab for cash as 59% say that speed cameras are just for revenue raising.

Motorists are also fed up with the frequent number of speed sign changes as 78% state they are confused, while 35% are distracted by keeping an eye out for covert cameras.

“Respondents were extremely passionate about speed cameras and there is no doubt motorists are not fully convinced of the benefits. It’s a hot topic as governments are set to rake in the revenue.

“It seems motorist’s perception of speed cameras are only getting worse as we see an increase in the number of people who question a cameras ability to reduce speed.

“In 2008, a similar survey was conducted and we found an increase of about 10% in respondents saying that speed cameras do not reduce speeding or road causalities. We have also seen a significant increase in the number of people who think speed cameras are for revenue raising,” Ms Ward said.

A&G Insurance Services administer insurance for one of Australia’s leading low cost insurance brands Budget Direct.

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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.