MPs call for more average speed cameras on roads

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According to the RAC, MPs are calling for more average speed cameras to be installed in a bid to catch speeding motorists.

The move, which is broadly supported by the automotive services company, is suggested in the latest Transport Committee report on road traffic law enforcement.

In the report, MPs state that average speed cameras can help decrease the perception that motorists are being "unfairly caught out".

While the report suggests further deployment of average speed cameras, it says they should only be installed in locations where they will improve road safety and cut casualties.

It adds that any revenue generated should go back into road safety initiatives, instead of being kept by local authorities or the Treasury.

Breaking the 70mph speed limit either regularly or occasionally was cited by 70% of motorists in the RAC's most recent report on motoring.

However, the RAC insists average speed cameras should only be part of the solution, adding that traffic police officers have a vital role to play.

Discussing the benefits of using average speed cameras, the RAC's public affairs manager Nick Lyes said: "They have the advantage of measuring speed over distance."

He explained that this "is in marked contrast with fixed cameras which are often criticised for encouraging sharp braking and acceleration by drivers as they react to the cameras. This reaction can be a potential cause of accidents and does not help maintain steady flow of traffic."

However, Lyes added: "The decline in road traffic police officers in recent years has been a worrying trend."

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