“Motorists are breaking the law,” according to car insurance provider Budget Direct, who say “29 per cent of drivers admit to speeding in residential areas while a further 60 per cent exceed the speed limit on highways, motorways or freeways.” With the help of market research company footprints, Budget Directasked residents across Australia to anonymously reveal their driving habits when it comes to speeding and the results are of grave concern.
Budget Direct Spokesperson Richelle Ward said these results are both surprising and disappointing and feels the introduction of new digital speed cameras are going to be a very expensive exercise for some. “Some motorists believe the catalyst for speed cameras is revenue raising but what about those families who have lost a loved one to a reckless action like speeding. The bottom line is if you are going to speed you deserve to be caught. In residential areas 25% admit to exceeding the speed limit by up to 10km/h and a reckless 4% admitted to 11km/h and over. And while drivers may feel that exceeding the speed limit by up to 10km/h on a motorway is harmless, a line has to be drawn, and when 50% speed up to 10km/h over and a further 10% exceed the limit by 11km/h it indicates a disrespect for speed limit laws. New camera locations are chosen by analysing areas that have a strong crash potential or have a history of speed related crashes or red light related crash zones.
Budget Direct applauds the state governments’ efforts of producing campaigns to help remind drivers of the dangers of speeding. But campaigns need support and hitting drivers in the hip pocket certainly works as a deterrent.
“It’s been 10 years since the introduction of the 50kmh speed limit in built up areas of most states in Australia and a report by Austroads states that crashes were reduced by approximately 15 % over the first few years of implementing the reduced speed,” Ms Ward said.
Budget Direct is the signature brand for A&G Insurance Services and is in its 10th year of operation as one of Australia’s leading low cost insurance providers.
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