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One SpeedCam Could Earn 10s Of Millions Per Year

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:18 pm    Post subject: One SpeedCam Could Earn 10s Of Millions Per Year Reply with quote

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Just one new speed camera has clocked 48,000 speeding drivers in 40 days.

The camera, that uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, has monitored over half a million vehicles passing in both directions through a 30mph stretch of road.

Nine per cent of those vehicles were travelling above the speed limit at 35mph or more.

The yellow camera, which is smaller than a traditional speed camera, is situated on a telephone pole on the A46 Bath Road, in Rodborough, Gloucestershire.

During this pilot period, persistent speeders only receive a warning letter and not a 100 fine or points on their licence. The police however visit the worst offenders.

A spokesman for the Road Safety Working Group which works in partnership with Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner commented: "These figures are absolutely shocking. On average, every day around 1200 vehicles drive through this busy residential area at 35mph or higher this is incredibly dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians and children."

He added: "We have calculated that if all those caught speeding had received the standard 100 fine then it would have totalled 4.8 million in penalties. If you factor these same statistics over one year it would reach an incredible 44 million."

A local councillor said "We have been monitoring the data for over a month now and have already seen a dramatic fall in people travelling at over 35mph."

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this isn't active yet, but is it worth adding it to the database now? The photograph and Google map in the article allow it to be pinpointed accurately.

Google street view doesn't show the camera but does show the pole, road sign and houses from the photograph in the article.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We most likely will as it could be activated at any time.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: One SpeedCam Could Earn 10s Of Millions Per Year Reply with quote

News Team wrote:
vehicles passing in both directions

Now there's an interesting item - "Reversible", should we call it?
RobBrady wrote:
We most likely will as it could be activated at any time.
Actually, it seems it already IS activated, but at present only resulting in letters and visits, not points and fines.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:20 pm    Post subject: "over half a million vehicles passing in both direectio Reply with quote

I wonder if it actually means that it doesn't need to be reversed (it's very high up on that pole) and that it can "clock" vehicles travelling towards or away from this new type of camera?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: "over half a million vehicles passing in both diree Reply with quote

JimmyR wrote:
I wonder if it actually means that it doesn't need to be reversed (it's very high up on that pole) and that it can "clock" vehicles travelling towards or away from this new type of camera?
Gatsos can do that, but are usually programmed to trap from the rear. I suspect if there is no big flash that goes off, then they will possibly be used in both directions if suitably positioned.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: One SpeedCam Could Earn 10s Of Millions Per Year Reply with quote

News Team wrote:
Just one new speed camera has clocked 48,000 speeding drivers in 40 days.

During this pilot period, persistent speeders only receive a warning letter and not a 100 fine or points on their license. The police however visit the worst offenders.

OK, whilst there was allegedly 48,000 speeders and persistent speeders received a warning letter - that doesn't mean that 48,000 letters were sent out. However some letters must have been sent out.

So, has anybody here, received a letter?

Also, I can't identify the so called camera. Does anybody know the technology it uses, i.e. radar, laser, average speed zone? As ANPR on its own can't detect speed.

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