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Scots in favour of dash-cams


Posted on Friday March 6th, 2015


Scots in favour of dash-cams

Scots in favour of dash-cams


Scottish motorists have come out narrowly in favour of dash-mounted cameras being fitted to new cars as standard.
 
In a poll conducted for a new ITV series, Car Crash Britain: Caught on Camera, 44% of Scots said the supported the proposition, while 41% were against it.  Across Britain as a whole, 47% were for it and 37% against.
 
The survey also found stronger support for speed cameras in Scotland than the rest of Britain, 61% to 48%.
 
Older drivers were the most in favour of the dash-mounted cameras, with 51% of over-60s in favour compared to just 35% of 18-24 year-olds.  Some 49% of men were in favour, compared to 41% of women.
 
Quoted in The Scotsman, Neil Greig of the Institute of Advanced Motorists said:  “We remain to be convinced that having a dash cam is actually adding to road safety and not encouraging drivers and riders to be more aggressive or over confident.
 
“Successive surveys show drivers think behaviour on the roads is getting worse despite the on-going falls in death and injuries, and it is always the fault of ‘other drivers’.
 
“There is no clear evidence that Scots feel more or less stressed on the road, or why they might be more in favour of dash cams.  They don’t like to be blamed for things they didn’t do, so many perhaps see it as an easy way to back up a claim if an accident does occur.”
 
Forward-facing cameras are becoming increasingly popular with motorists to provide evidence for insurance claims, the Scotsman’s report added.


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