We all agree they’re necessary for safety – especially in built-up areas – but most motorists have a fear and dread of falling foul of that sudden flash from a sneaky speed camera.

But what are the facts about these roadside spies?  Here’s a handy checklist that dispels some of the potentially dangerous myths, and outlines what’s true and what’s not.

There are a number of common misconceptions regarding what actually constitutes speeding and why some drivers avoid punishment.

Here’s what you need to know.

Not all speed cameras work, and some are switched off – TRUE

You have to be speeding at least 10% over the limit plus 2 mph, to get caught – FALSE

If you drive really fast, you won’t trigger the camera – FALSE

Speed cameras must be painted yellow to be legal – FALSE

Average speed cameras don’t really work and that’s why some people ignore them – FALSE

You must be notified within a certain amount of time (14 days) for it to be valid – TRUE

You can request a speed awareness course – FALSE

You can do a speed awareness course more than once – TRUE

If you get a speed awareness course, you don’t have to declare it on your insurance – FALSE

You can even get caught on a bicycle or horse – FALSE

Colin Clarke
Author: Colin Clarke