RESIDENTS' OPINIONS REGARDING SPEED ENFORCEMENT
AND SPEED CAMERAS
|3.||Awareness of the Speed Down Campaign
||Have you heard of the Speed Down Campaign?
||Where did you hear of the campaign?||4
|4.||Awareness of the effect of speed on road safety
||If you hit a child at 40 mph, what are their chances of survival?
||Has your awareness of speed on road safety increased in the last two years?
|5.||Speed and Red Light Cameras
||Fewer accidents are likely to happen on roads where cameras are installed
||Cameras mean that dangerous drivers are now more likely to get caught
||Cameras are an easy way of making money out of motorists
||Cameras are meant to encourage drivers to keep to the limits, not punish them
This report presents the findings of a face-to-face survey
conducted during November 2000. The survey was conducted on behalf
of the Traffic Planning Department and provides an assessment
of the public's views on the "Speed Down" Campaign currently
running in Nottingham.
During November 2000 a face-to-face survey was conducted
with members of the public visiting the Victoria and Broadmarsh
shopping centres in Nottingham. Eight hundred and forty five members
of the public were asked to take part in the survey, and 511 agreed,
resulting in a sample size of 511. Forty one per cent (211) of
the participants were male, and 59 per cent (300) were female.
Details of the participants' ethnicity and age are presented in
the tables below.
| ||Ethnicity NumberPer cent
| ||Age group NumberPer cent
Of the participants, 60 per cent (308) said that they did
drive a motor vehicle, 33 per cent (168) said that they did not
drive a motor vehicle, and 7 per cent (35) said that they could
drive, but did not.
Eighty two per cent of the participants (421 persons) said
that they lived in Nottingham, while 9 per cent (44 persons) lived
in Derbyshire, 4 per cent (22 persons) lived in Leicestershire,
2 per cent (11 persons) lived in Lincolnshire and 2.5 per cent
(13 persons) lived in other areas. A breakdown of residency by
areas and Nottinghamshire Police divisions is presented in the
| ||Residency Number
|Out of area||13
3. AWARENESS OF
3.1 Have you seen or heard of the "Speed Down"
campaign running in Nottingham? (Survey Q1)
|Have you heard of the "Speed Down" Campaign?
Of those who responded:
42 per cent (216 persons) had heard of the campaign.
58 per cent (295 persons) had not heard of the
3.2 Where did you see or hear of the campaign? (Survey
|Seen/heard of campaign on the back of a bus
|Seen campaign in a newspaper||47
|Heard of campaign on the radio||32
|Seen campaign on a poster||86
|Seen campaign on a leaflet||7
|Heard/seen campaign on TV||37
|Heard of campaign from another person||12
|Do not know where heard/seen campaign||17
Of the 216 persons who had seen or heard of the campaign,
some reported that they had seen or heard of the campaign by more
than one medium. Of those who had seen or heard of the campaign:
40 per cent (86 persons) had seen the campaign
on a poster.
22 per cent (47 persons) had seen the campaign
in a newspaper.
17 per cent (37 persons) had seen the campaign
on the television.
15 per cent (32 persons) had heard about the campaign
on the radio.
13 per cent (29 persons) had seen the campaign
on the back of a bus.
8 per cent (17 persons) could not remember where
they had seen or heard about the campaign.
6 per cent (12 persons) had heard about the campaign
from another person.
1 per cent (7 persons) had seen the campaign on
4. AWARENESS OF
4.1 If you hit a child at 40 miles per hour, what are their
chances of survival? (Survey Q3)
| ||Chances of survival Number|
|10 per cent||365
|50 per cent||104
|80 per cent||17
|0 per cent||22
The majority of the participants (71 per cent)
correctly thought that if a child was hit by a car travelling
at 40 miles per hour, the child would have a 10 per cent chance
24 per cent (121) of participants over-estimated
the chance of survival.
4.2 Has your awareness of the effect of speed on road safety
increased within the last two years? (Survey Q4)
| ||Has your awareness of the effects of speed increased? Number|
81 per cent (416) of participants thought that
their awareness of the effect of speed on road safety had increased
within the last two years.
5. SPEED AND
5.1 Fewer accidents are likely to happen on roads where
cameras are installed? (Survey Q5)
| ||Fewer accidents are likely to happen on roads where cameras are installed Number|
|Neither agree nor disagree||42
77 per cent (392) of the participants agreed with
the statement that fewer accidents are likely to happen on roads
where cameras are installed.
14 per cent (71) disagreed with this statement.
5.2 Cameras mean that dangerous drivers are now more likely
to get caught? (Survey Q6)
| ||Cameras mean that dangerous drivers are now more likely to get caught Number|
|Neither agree nor disagree||38
75 per cent (381) participants agreed with the
statement that cameras mean that dangerous drivers are now more
likely to get caught.
17 per cent (85) disagreed with this statement.
5.3 Cameras are an easy way of making money out of motorists
| ||Cameras are an easy way of making money out of motorists Number|
|Neither agree nor disagree||56
31 per cent (157) of the participants agreed with
the statement that cameras are an easy way of making money out
54 per cent (277) of participants disagreed with
5.4 Cameras are meant to encourage drivers to keep to the
limits, not punish them (Survey Q8)
| ||Cameras are meant to encourage drivers to keep to the limits, not punish them Number|
|Neither agree nor disagree||31
87 per cent (447) participants agreed with the
statement that cameras are meant to encourage drivers to stick
to the limits, not punish them.
6 per cent (30) of participants disagreed with
6. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
The following comments were also given by the participants:
|Any other comments||Number
|Nice to be asked||1
|Campaign a good idea||24
|Need more awareness||2
|Too many humps||2
|More police on roads||3
|If film in cameraeffective||3
|Pedestrians need to take some responsibility
|Should be catching criminalsnot motorists
|Police should be firmer||1
|Would like to know where money goes||1
|Some speed bumps are dangerous||2
|Busy traffic in Radford||1
|Too many parked cars in Farnsfield||1
|Speeding cars in Hucknall||2
|Speeding cars in Mapperley||1
|Speed humps seem to work||4
|Speed humps don't slow the traffic down
|Basford better now||1
|Cameras needed in rural areas||2
|Better speed limit signs||1
|Should have more cameras in built up areas
|Too much traffic||9
24 persons said that they thought the campaign
was a good idea.
nine persons said that they thought there was
too much traffic on the roads.
Mixed opinions regarding "speed humps"
were recorded where four persons thought that speed humps seemed
to work, two persons thought they failed to slow the traffic down
and two persons thought there were too many of them.