Road Safety News

Driver has phobia of cameras

Monday 9th March 2009

A Suffolk motorist has been forced to seek counselling for his extreme phobia of speed cameras.

Colin Gant, 41, is terrified of being incorrectly flashed by Gatsos - even though he has never had a speeding ticket, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He regularly takes huge detours to avoid camera sites and says that if he sees a speed camera he suffers a panic attack and has to pull over.

Mr Gant said: "Every time I drove past one I started worrying about what would happen if I was caught speeding: would I lose my job? How would it affect my family?

"The irony is I've never been caught speeding and actually hate it when people drive too fast and I fully support the principle behind speed cameras."

He first realised he had a problem four years ago yet was too embarrassed to tell his friends or work colleagues about it.

Mr Gant, who admits his phobia is ‘completely irrational’, found himself constantly anticipating the next box and often driving several miles on back streets to avoid camera sites.

He has been helped by Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, which has attempted to prove how reliable the cameras are.

A spokesman for Anxiety UK said Mr Gant was not alone in suffering the speed camera phobia - and said their own chief executive has the same fear.

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