Almost One in Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

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Almost One in Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

New figures have revealed that nearly one in ten drivers were found to be speeding just 100 metres after passing a speed camera. The study, conducted by Churchill Motor Insurance, found some drivers were guilty of travelling at almost double the speed limit in the short stretch of road after the camera.

Almost One In Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

Alarming Statistics

The study observed nearly 13,500 cars passing through speed cameras in 30mph zones across London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff. Astonishingly, more than 1,000 drivers were caught breaking the speed limit within seconds of passing the camera.

Almost One In Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

The highest speeds recorded by drivers accelerating after speed cameras in 30mph zones were 57mph in Cardiff, 50mph in London, and 47mph in Edinburgh, all significantly above the legal limit.

Almost One In Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

Expert Commentary

Nicholas Mantel, Head of Churchill Motor Insurance, commented on the findings: “Analysing real driver behaviour across the UK, it is clear many drivers are ignoring the speed limits except when they know there’s a risk of being caught. The fear of getting points on their licence or a £100 fixed penalty notice seems to be a bigger influence on driving behaviour than the well-known safety risks of speeding.

Almost One In Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

“While we know that a quarter of deadly crashes in the UK involves a speeding motorist, statistics like this don’t seem to be enough of a deterrent. When we get behind the wheel, we must remember that speed limits are there to help keep ourselves and others safe.”

Almost One In Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

Penalties for Speeding

The minimum fine for those caught speeding is £100, along with a licence endorsement of three points. However, drivers may be offered a speed awareness course, usually costing between £80 and £100, as an alternative to the fine and points.

Almost One In Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

Common Speed Camera Myths

Visibility of Speed Vans: There are no laws mandating that speed vans must be visible at all times. Although visibility is maintained as a deterrent, officers can operate in less visible conditions. Gareth Thomas, a Go Safe Casualty Reduction Officer, stated, “Legally, we don’t have to be visible. I could camouflage myself if I wanted to – but it’s all about being fair, education, and preventing an accident.”

Almost One In Ten Drivers Speeding Shortly After Passing Speed Cameras, Study Finds

Flashing Headlights to Warn Others: Flashing headlights to alert other motorists of a speed van could be considered an offence under section 89 of the Police Act 1997. However, proving this offence can be challenging. Gareth mentioned, “It doesn’t bother me that people flash to warn them of the speed van – I just want to educate people and the van to act as a speed deterrent.”

Consequences of Being Caught Speeding: The circumstances and the extent of speeding determine the penalties. The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine, but some may be offered a speed awareness course instead. Gareth explained, “An accredited course is far more likely to improve driver behaviour and consequently make our roads safer.”

Courses are typically offered to those who respond quickly to the notices and who were not exceeding the speed limit by more than 10% plus 9 mph. For instance, anyone travelling over 86mph on a motorway would not be eligible for the awareness course. Repeat offenders or those with existing points on their licence are also unlikely to be offered the course.

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