Young people support speed cameras

Older people are more negative about safety cameras than younger drivers, according to a survey on driver opinions by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Drivers over 45 gave the lowest ratings for approval on the speed cameras in the results, compared to the best ratings coming from 17-24 year-olds.

Director of research and policy at the IAM, Neil Greig, said: "Young people don't tend to drive as frequently or as far as the average driver, and they have also grown up in a surveillance society, which could explain why they show less objection to safety cameras."

Men, who have seen their approval ratings drop from 83 per cent in 2002 to 66 per cent in 2009, were less supportive on average of the cameras than women. Mr Greig suggested this was because women drivers commit fewer traffic offences than men.

Another demographic with a high level of enmity towards the cameras was the high mileage drivers, who travelled over 20 thousand miles or more a year in their car.

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