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8/23/2005
Declining Support for Speed Cameras in Australia
Annual government survey shows more Australians believe revenue is the chief motive for speed cameras.

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The number of Australian motorists who believe speed cameras are "mainly intended to raise revenue" jumped from 54 to 62 percent in the latest annual government survey conducted for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

According to the Community Attitudes to Road Safety report, 68 percent of males and 56 percent of females believe revenue is the main purpose for the devices. Residents in Victoria and South Australia liked cameras the least with more than two-thirds rejecting the safety claims of proponents. The survey also showed declining support for speed enforcement campaigns with the number of people supporting increased fines for speeding offenses falling to just 23 percent.

The survey, released in May, was conducted last year by the Social Research Centre using a national sample of 1,665 Australian residents.

The complete survey is available in a 457K PDF format file at the source link below.

Source: PDF File Community Attitudes to Road Safety (Australian Transport Safety Bureau, 5/2/2005)

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