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Most drivers back wider use of average speed cameras on motorways

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More than half of drivers would be in favour of using average speed cameras on regular stretches of motorway to combat speeding.

The cameras, which measure how long it takes motorists to travel between two fixed points, are sometimes used on A-roads, but on motorways they mostly operate in sections of highway with roadworks.

However, in a survey of over 3,000 people for the RAC Report on Motoring, 54 per cent said they would be in favour of using them on regular motorways to enforce the 70mph limit.

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A fixed speed camera on the central reservation at the 30 miles per hour limit, on Millbank in Westminster central London.

That’s despite 56 per cent admitting they had broken the speed limit on motorways, with 34 per cent saying they had travelled in excess of 80mph. Three per cent even said they had travelled above 100mph.

RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said: “Despite more than half of drivers admitting to regularly exceeding the 70-mph speed limit, road safety statistics clearly show that motorways are our safest roads.

“With so many motorists admitting to driving much faster than they should on the motorway, it was interesting to see such strong support for average speed cameras to be used more widely to enforce the 70-mph limit as opposed to just in roadworks, as is currently the case.

“We believe drivers see these cameras as being very effective at reducing speeds over longer distances and controlling traffic flow as well as being fairer than fixed position ones as they aren’t instantly punished for a momentary transgression.”

Speed limit compliance is higher on roads with lower limits. However, in the study, 39 per cent said they ‘frequently disobeyed 20mph limits’, while 33 per cent said the same of 60mph country lanes.

Eleven per cent admitted they had driven above 40mph in a 30mph limit, while 10 per cent had exceeded 30mph in a 20mph zone.

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