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August 9, 2010

LV= makes speed camera / accident link

by Gill Montia

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New research from LV= suggests motorists behave erratically when confronted with speed cameras, typically slamming on the brakes or looking at the speedometer as soon as a camera comes into view.

Eighty-one per cent of respondents to the insurer’s survey admitted to instantly looking at their speedometers, instead of the road, on detecting a speed camera and one in twenty admitted to braking suddenly, risking losing control of their vehicle or a rear-end shunt.

The insurer estimates that at least 28,000 road accidents have been triggered by the cameras since 2001 and nearly one in three motorists questioned said they had witnessed an accident or near miss as a result of other drivers’ erratic behaviour when faced with one of the cameras.

Close to half of motorists surveyed believe the cameras divert attention away from other areas of driving while one in ten claim that speed cameras increase the risk of an accident.

Despite over 6,000 speed cameras across the UK, more than nine in ten drivers questioned admitted to going over the speed limit, with one in seven speeding on a regular basis.

LV= managing director car insurance, John O’Roarke, comments: “Speed cameras have been a feature on UK roads for almost 20 years, yet the feedback from drivers is that while they may reduce speed they also appear to impair driving ability or at the least concentration on the road.”

 

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