Drivers speeding may be facing a fine each and every time they break the speed limit. Motorway speed cameras work 24/7 and catch each and every speeder which is why they are installed or so say those looking to push safe driving speeds. There are critics that see the cameras as less of a tool to keep roads safer but as an opportunity for raising money to fund budgets.
The new cameras meant to catch speeding drivers passing the 70 mph limit are meant to be stealth cameras as they will be a blending grey color rather than bright yellow as older speed cameras are colored. They will be installed on major important roadways such as the M1 and M6. Rather than looking to control speed better in construction areas, these cameras will be set to look for speeders on high volume roads.
One opposition group, Alliance of British Drivers (ABD), believes the cameras will have little to no impact on keeping drivers from speeding.
Roger Lawson, ABD spokesperson, said, “We are opposed to speed cameras in general. The evidence of their success in promoting safety is not good and in reality what is happening now is that the police are using speed cameras to fund their other activities through speed awareness courses.
“If these cameras are grey rather than yellow they are going to be harder to spot and so will have no impact in slowing traffic down. If there is a good reason for the traffic to be slowed down then the cameras need to be as visible as possible.”
There are those that oppose the cameras due to cost but in most studies the cameras pay for themselves quickly with revenue from fines.
A Highways Agency spokesperson said “These are not stealth cameras they are more visible that they were before. These motorways are not about speed limits. They are about smoothing the traffic flows and increasing capacity.
“The onus is on the driver to abide by the speed limit.”