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Old 08 Feb 2005, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CAUTION: SPEED LIMIT CONFUSION AHEAD

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CAUTION: SPEED LIMIT CONFUSION AHEAD


• 81% of UK drivers say speed limits are poorly signed
• More than 90% worry about ‘speed cameras’
• Over 84% do not always spot speed camera warning signs
• More drivers worry about increased insurance costs than speeding fines
• 78% may use a GPS warning system to protect their driving licence
• Under proposed law changes, GPS warning systems will still be permitted

A new survey of motorists across Britain has revealed that over 90% of drivers worry about being caught by a speed camera, especially when driving on unfamiliar roads and that more than 81% are confused because speed limits are not effectively signed.

The RoadPilot.com survey also highlighted that 84% of drivers do not always notice speed camera warning signs. If caught on camera, 14.4% say their ‘biggest concern’ would be the cost of the penalty fine, but a larger number (24.7%) now rate the fear of increased insurance premiums as their chief worry. However, speed cameras were regarded by 92% of respondents as good at cutting incidents of speeding, both in locations near cameras and on roads generally.

Survey results also indicate that 7.2% of UK motorists already use a speed camera location device. More than 82% of respondents thought that having such a device in their vehicles would make them ‘more aware of speed limits’ and 78% would consider using a completely legal GPS-based device, like those produced by RoadPilot, to protect their driving licence, avoid speeding fines and evade higher insurance premiums.

The survey, conducted on behalf of RoadPilot, the country’s leading road safety technology company and pioneer of speed camera locators, once again revealed just how important personal mobility is to UK citizens. A total of 88% declared that their lives would be ‘very adversely affected’ if they lost their driving licence.

Summary of RoadPilot.com Survey Results

• 81.4 % of UK drivers think speed limits are not effectively signed
• 90.8 % of drivers worry about being caught by a speed camera
• 84.6 % do not always notice speed camera warning signs
• 92.0% agree that cameras are good at cutting incidents of speeding
• 82.4% think a speed camera locator would make them ‘more aware of speed limits’
• 24.7% now rate fear of higher insurance premiums as their biggest concern
• 7.2% of UK motorists already use a speed camera locator device
• 88.0% would be ‘very adversely affected’ by losing their driving licence


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“Our survey highlights the increasing concern among UK motorists that they will be caught by a speed camera while inadvertently speeding,” comments James Flynn OBE, Chairman and CEO of RoadPilot. “It also spotlights the growing realisation among drivers that using a fully-legal GPS-based speed camera locator device would make them more aware of speed limits and less likely to endanger their driving licence, or other road users or their personal safety.

“RoadPilot understands that the main intention of ‘safety cameras’ located in hazardous areas is to reduce speeding, reduce accidents and save lives, and our products support this endeavour. A recent MORI poll indicated that motorists using GPS camera locators travel up to 50% further between accidents than non-users,” concludes Flynn.

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Editors Notes
Web-based survey carried out by PFPR Communications Ltd on behalf of RoadPilot Ltd in January 2005. Results taken from first 100 responses.

RoadPilot Products
The world’s smallest and the world’s most advanced GPS speed warning systems are manufactured by RoadPilot, the country’s leading road safety technology company. Their use is completely legal and they make ideal aids for all-year motoring safety and driving licence protection.
micro RoadPilot
The compact micro RoadPilot, is an easy-to-use, essential aid for motorists. The 42 mm screen has a clear, backlit display which switches to speed camera alert mode (when appropriate) showing the local speed limit, actual vehicle speed and camera proximity. Price £399.95
RoadPilot Pro
The feature-packed RoadPilot Pro professional driving aid provides precise, clear visual information on a 96 mm display screen. It has a unique Mileage Manager toolkit that can record details of every journey. It is an ideal tool for private motorists who use their own car for business. Price £499.95
Geodesy Plus
The only waterproof GPS speed warning system that is ideal for use on motorcycles. Warnings displayed on easy-to-read strip of coloured lights. Price £229.95

Easy Updates
The database in RoadPilot products can be updated in a few minutes, adding the locations of new speed cameras. RoadPilot products are available from the company’s UK dealer network or direct from the manufacturers at www.roadpilot.com or by calling 0870 240 1701.

What’s legal, what is not…
If proposed changes to road safety legislation become law, devices which react to police radar or laser speed monitoring equipment will be banned. GPS-based systems, such as those produced by RoadPilot, which compare a motorist’s position to the known location of hazards and speed cameras, will remain legal to use.

Issued on behalf of RoadPilot Ltd by PFPR Communications.
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Old 10 Feb 2005, 10:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The Micro Roadpilot is a great unit, it is very small and stylish and boasts some of the best technologie out at the moment.

Micro Road Pilot £399 Nav Now

They sell the unit for £399 with free next day delivery and i have only heard good things about the company.

In terms of getting the thing fitted there is quite a few fitters available im sure they know a few if not im sure a local garage or the more technical minded of you could do it yourself.

Im thinking of getting a group buy going on a speed trap detector but maybe not on the micro roadpilot as i dont want a fitted unit in my car (the wife :evil: ) so maybe ill do it with the new road angel but anyway you'll hear about it im sure.

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