Tolerance for speed camera use by the police is increasing, according to a major Lancashire survey.

Eighty-two per cent of people now think it is acceptable for authorities to use speed cameras, however 45 per cent think that raising income is still a main reason for their use, according to the results of the Institute of Advanced Motoring’s annual speed camera survey.

Speed awareness courses are also popular – 72 per cent of people think that speed awareness courses are a good idea.

The results show that people think speed cameras are beneficial to road safety.

Eighty-five per cent of people think that speed cameras have helped to contribute to the fall in road deaths since 1990s.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Simply catching and fining drivers does not change drivers’ awareness of the hazards of excessive speed.

“The popularity of speed awareness courses show that the public think training is the best option.”