|release date: 16th August 2004||number: PR138|
|PR138: Speed camera surveys
News: for immediate release
Figures published today by Brake and Green Flag Motoring Assistance suggesting that two thirds of drivers support the use of mobile speed cameras are "implausible at best" says Safe Speed.
These figures are the most recent in a long history of very doubtful surveys regarding speed camera acceptability. The Department for Transport imposes a set of questions, and the requirement for regular surveys, on every camera partnership. These questions are designed to elicit a particular response - some might say fraudulently so. Professor Mervyn Stone, working as an independent adjudicator for Radio Four, recently described these official survey questions as a "loaded instrument", and said that the questions showed a "disgraceful positive bias".
Perhaps it is illuminating that the recent Brake press release stops short of informing us of the exact questions that were asked?
Paul Smith, founder of the Safe speed road safety campaign said: "It all depends on the questions that are asked, and sometimes on how the sample of respondents was selected. We challenge Brake to commission an honest independent survey asking a fair sample of drivers the following questions:
Paul continues: "We should be very worried indeed about the claims that speed cameras are desired by a majority of the public. Not only are flawed and distorting questions the norm, but also the government has spent many millions of pounds in a misguided attempt to make speed cameras acceptable."
Notes for editors:
The third question above, if asked, would
reveal the distortion of public opinion caused by false propaganda about
the prevalence of speeding as an accident contributory factor. Safe Speed
expects that (on average) respondents will suggest that "more than half"
of accidents involve "speeding". The truth appears to be about 3%, and
the result may reveal a massive distortion in public opinion. Safe Speed
believes that false road safety priorities are a serious modern cause of
Safe Speed commentary on speed camera acceptability
The Stone report
Why drivers speed - the truth:
About Safe Speed
The Safe Speed road safety campaign is primarily the work of engineer-turned road safety analyst Paul Smith.
Since setting up Safe Speed in 2001, Paul Smith, 49, an advanced motorist and road safety enthusiast, and a professional engineer of 25 years UK experience, has carried out about 5,000 hours of research into the overall effects of speed camera policy on UK road safety. We believe that this is more work in more detail than anything carried out by any other organisation. Paul's surprising conclusion is that overall speed cameras make our roads more dangerous. Paul has identified and reported a number of major flaws and false assumptions in the claims made for speed cameras, and the whole "speed kills" system of road safety.
The inescapable conclusion is that we should urgently return to the excellent road safety policies that gave us in the UK the safest roads in the World in the first place.
Safe Speed does not campaign against speed
limits or appropriate enforcement of motoring laws, but argues vigorously
that automated speed enforcement is neither safe nor appropriate.
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Created 8/10/2004. Last update 8/10/2004