Reports indicate that the total number of people each month getting caught for speeding appears to be increasing. One of the reasons for this jump is the latest technology being used to catch speeding drivers. The latest LTI Laser 2020 speed camera can now catch a driver in just 0.03 seconds. It works from up to 1,000 metres away and even has an infrared setting so it can work at night.

High tech trap

This modern speed camera is a high-tech trap to catch drivers breaking the speeding limits in order to deter them from future speeding through penalty points, fines, bans and training courses to improve their skills and, ultimately, to improve road safety.

These cameras can operate in any and all conditions and they have a number of special filters that enable them to work in poor inclement weather. The cameras work in just 0.03 seconds. So,by the time you have come around the corner and spotted the van, it has already clocked your speed… and your details. And you’re still not safe from them at night! They have infrared facilities that allow them to take shots in the dark.

Details of the workings of these high-tech cameras were first published in an interview with a Camera Technician Enforcement Officer in the Grimsby Telegraph. They gave a great deal of insight into the process of the latest tech for recording speeds. Known only as ‘Tommy’, this officer said that he would prefer not to catch anyone and that there is no quota regarding the number of people they must catch per day, or even, per week.

Busy work

During the Grimsby Telegraph interview ‘on the job’, the reporter witnessed how quickly the camera (which was located on the A18 Barton Street in Grimsby) caught a speeder doing 62mph in a 50mph zone. A later change of location to the Laceby roundabout nearby also saw another two people caught, one doing 59mph and the other 67mph. The camera does have a tolerance of 10% plus 2mph. All these drivers mentioned above will be receiving a fine and points.

We all hate getting caught speeding. Some people take a more active role in trying to avoid getting a fine. One man actually tried to reach through the window to grab the speed camera! Tommy said that he always keeps his doors locked, just in case!

During the three hours that the Grimsby Telegraph reporter was with the officer, there were a total of 19 drivers who were caught breakinbg the speed limit by enough additional margin to get them a fine and points on their driving licences. Tommy also said that all of the footage is stored securely so there’s also no chance that it can be altered.

Average speed cameras

While cameras in vans, plus speed cameras, have been the mainstay of speed limit enforcement for the last 3 or 4 decades, another form of speed monitoring has entered the enforcement arena! Average speed camera are fast becoming increasingly more popular around the UK. Our NorthWest readers may often pop to North Wales for a break or family visit. One of the roads to recently receive their average speed cameras is the A55 in North Wales. These cameras were finally put in place when drivers were repeatedly found to be frequently breaking the 70mph limit on the road to Anglesey and Bangor, and other beautiful places.

The cameras in place between J30 and J28 are temporary at the moment but there is talk that they could become permanent. They are two sets of average speed cameras in the region, with the other on the A541 in Flintshire. They begin toshow the new face of speed enforcement that means you don’t need an enforcement officer to be constantly operating them.

These cameras are set 200 metres apart along a stretch of road, at regular distance intervals in the managed speed control zone. Cameras have a date and time stamp feature as well as automatic number plate recognition (ANPR). These tech elements allow the computer to work out your average speed between the cameras, plus your licence plate records, owner details, etc. This then triggers the automatic fine to be sent to the registered owner. People think the cameras are limited to working only during the day in daylight conditions, but like the new mobile speed cameras, they are also fitted with special filters to work in all weathers and that work at night with the infrared tech built in.

Digital cameras on the high street

The final other major development in speed cameras we’re informing you about is the use of digital speed cameras on streets around the country. These new cameras have recently just been added to the streets around Swansea. They are set to replace the former systems which still used a 35mm ‘wet’ film. The problem with this old system was that the film would run out. Motorists hoping there’s no film in the speed camera will be disappointed to learn they’ve finally caught up with he times and have gone digital!

The new cameras will be used to automatically send out Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for minor offences, while larger offences will lead to a prosecution – and presumably they’ll be a human involved in the process too! So now, if you break the speed limit by more than 30mph and are caught by the cameras, you could face being disqualified from driving. The switch to digital speed cameras is said to be rolled out across the country.

Spectre of speeding

None of us like to drive along a road and see a speed camera van with its tell-tale camera poking out of the back facing towards us. There’s nothing worse than receiving that speeding letter through the post telling us we have been caught. Sometimes we’re on tenterhooks for 6 weeks waiting to find out if they’ve got us! With new technology improving the reliability and sensitivity of the new cameras, it does seem obvious that the only way to be sure to avoid a fine in this era is to avoid speeding – full stop!

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