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Over 200,000 Speeders Caught By Variable Speed Cameras

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Over 200,000 Speeders Caught By Variable Speed Cameras Reply with quote

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According to the research by Confused.com, 210,538 drivers have been caught speeding on smart motorways in the UK. This is since they were first installed in 2013 and equates to a possible 526 million in fines.

Variable speed cameras are used on smart motorways to monitor temporary speed limits on some of Britain's busiest motorways. The aim is to reduce accidents and prevent traffic congestion.

The variable speed camera stretches with the most penalty notices since installation

M4 J19-20. Installation date: July/Aug 2014. Penalty notices: 40,320
M5 J16-17. Installation date: June 2014. Penalty notices: 27,398
M1 J10-11. Installation date: Sep/Nov 2013. Penalty notices: 21,751
M25 J9-16. Installation date: 2014. Penalty notices: 19,194
M25 J27. Installation date: Jan 2013. Penalty notices: 18,888

The survey also revealed the following statistics on level of specific speed camera dislike amongst drivers:

Mobile police cameras 38%
Average speed cameras 12%
Variable speed cameras 7%

27% of drivers did not know what variable speed cameras are.

Tips for driving on a smart motorway:

Never drive in a lane closed by a red 'X'
Keep to the speed limit show on the gantries
A solid white line indicates the hard shoulder - don't drive in it unless directed
A broken white line indicates a normal running lane
If your vehicle experiences difficulties (e.g. warning light), exit the smart motorway immediately if possible
Use the refuge areas for emergencies if there is no hard shoulder
Put your hazard lights on if you break down

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just shows how many ignore posted speed limits.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darwinism at work, if 27% are too stupid to understand how Average Speed cameras work they deserve the points and the Govt deserves the cash.

Sick to death of seeing them tramp down the outside lane in traffic only to stamp on the brakes everytime they reach a yellow pole.

Causes so much bounceback from the braking. Better off the road I think.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fail to see the connection to Darwin and you miss-read the data as the 27% refers to variable speed cameras. It actually surprises me that the % for them is as low as 27%.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"27% of drivers did not know what variable speed cameras are." does not mean that 27% of drivers would not understand how they work.

I would imagine only a tiny percentage of people wouldn't have the mental ability to understand smart motorways if they had previously read about or had them explained to them.

I assume that the 27% simply hadn't previously read about or had them explained to them.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But there's lots of people who don't seem to get their heads round the concept of average speed check zones.
If the figures of
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M4 J19-20. Installation date: July/Aug 2014. Penalty notices: 40,320
are correct, it seems that your statement of
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I would imagine only a tiny percentage of people wouldn't have the mental ability to understand smart motorways
is suspect, given that the aforementioned cameras are variable speed cameras. Very Happy
But what about those who have not
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previously read about or had them explained to them.
. eg. I just tested my mate and he didn't know what a 'Smart Motorway'. Mind you, he does live in a cave. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those that "ignore" point-to-point cameras are still only a small proportion of those that abide by them.

Many are either ignorant of how these cameras work (including foreign drivers), lose concentration (they're simply daydreaming) or blatantly ignore the speed limit (they are a diplomat, or have stolen the vehicle, or believe they won't be prosecuted as they are visiting from another country).

It's also likely that many believe that the cameras are not actually operational.
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

40mph limit on M25 today, van went through a Hadecs3 making us look like we were going backwards, camera didn't flash....
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lucky him.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if they all flash during the day. Monitron do but hadecs?
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