Budget Direct, the signature brand of A&G Insurance Services and one of Australia’s leading low cost car insurance providers, has released the results of driver behaviour research. It shows that seven out of ten drivers are disrupting traffic to avoid a ticket for speeding
In a survey of more than 1300 motorists, 57% said they automatically go for the brake upon noticing a covert camera, even though they were obeying the speed limit, while a further 21% go for the brake to reduce their speeding.
Budget Direct Spokesperson Richelle Ward said these survey results question whether drivers are consistently reducing their speed or just adjusting to speed cameras. It appears a driver’s mentality is to slow down around fixed speed cameras and ‘be on alert’ for covert cameras. It also seems drivers are working against police as 44% claim to warn oncoming traffic of a speed camera by flashing their head lights.
“Slamming brakes and not focusing on the road appears to be common practice which is a real concern as this type of behaviour could be the catalyst for road accidents,” commented Ward.
These concerning results show 70% of motorists believe speed cameras do nothing to reduce road causalities while 58% say they don’t reduce speeding. With more speed cameras in use than ever before drivers are apparently up in arms about the government’s supposed blatant grab for cash as 59% say that speed cameras are just for revenue raising. Motorists are also said to be fed up with the frequent number of speed sign changes as 78% state they are confused, while 35% are distracted by keeping an eye out for covert cameras.
“Respondents were extremely passionate about speed cameras and there is no doubt motorists are not fully convinced of the benefits. It’s a hot topic as governments are set to rake in the revenue. It seems motorist’s perception of speed cameras are only getting worse as we see an increase in the number of people who question a cameras ability to reduce speed.”
“In 2008, a similar survey was conducted and we found an increase of about 10% in respondents saying that speed cameras do not reduce speeding or road causalities. We have also seen a significant increase in the number of people who think speed cameras are for revenue raising,” added Ms Ward
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