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Speed cameras -- public perceptions in the US

Retting, Richard A.
Traffic Engineering and Control
March 2003

Public opinion regarding speed cameras is an important factor in the formulation of related traffic laws and enforcement policies. A telephone survey was conducted among 500 residents of Washington, D.C., approximately nine months after speed cameras were introduced in August 2001. Considerable awareness of speed cameras was found, and, overall, drivers favoured speed cameras rather than opposed them. Support for camera enforcement was higher among middle-aged and older drivers, among drivers who had not received a speeding ticket in the mail and did not know anyone who had, and among drivers who said speeding was a problem.