Near to where I now live, there is a double lane carriage way. On my way back home this afternoon, there was a police motor cycle with something mounted on a tripod. It did look a little like a camera, but I could be wrong. As I was passing this motorcycle, cars were passing me like I was stood still, and although the inside lane is generally covered by speed camera's in general, do these camera's have the capability to cover more than one lane at a time ?
Forgive the question, but I've always wondered what happens about the other lanes, as you always get cars passing, ignoring the limits.
Naturally British law gives one the right to defend oneself when *ahem* accused without the threat of double the fine ;-))...click here gives some guidance. click here and click here gives the other view (as opposed to that of Plod on wheels) on the facts and figures.
It may not have been, and certainly doesn`t sound like its a speed camera. More likely its one of the new portable ANPR - automatic number plate recognition - system. It basically reads all number plates and cross references the result to the Police National Computer. Any baddies driving around e.g disqualified drivers etc are easilly nabbed by this system. More and more Police forces are using this now.
all face the oncoming traffic. The cameras are linked in pairs, and can be placed at any distance apart, from a minimum of 200 metres to a maximum of 10 kilometres.
They calculate the average speed between the two points, and are designed to eliminate 'camera surfing', where motorists speed up between conventional cameras.
There's a good deal of rubbish talked about this speed thing, much of it by people who seem to have no real purpose, other than to find ways of speeding and getting away with it. I'm sure that there are unfair speeding prosecutions, but they are few and far between.
One of my brothers spent some of his life driving a Police Range Rover up and down one of our major motorways, and he has a wealth of stories about the things he's seen happen as a result of excess speed - most of them incredibly unpleasant. Anyone who really knows about driving knows only too well that speed causes accidents, and trotting out the tired old arguments about it not being the speed, but the bad driving that's at fault is simply nonsense.