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News: Speed Limiters Could Render Speed Cameras Redundant

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The European Council have finalised an EU ruling that will see new cars fitted with speed limiters by 2022.

It is possible that the UK will adopt the same ruling, whatever the outcome of Brexit.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, November 13 @ 11:01:48 UTC

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News: 170,000 Caught In 2018

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Almost 170,000 drivers were caught speeding across Avon and Somerset last year.

The 2018 figures, recently released by the Home Office, reveal that out of 169,543 people who received Fixed Penalty Notices, 73,532 attended a speed awareness course and 19,239 motorists ended up in court.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, November 11 @ 16:25:49 UTC

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News: Mobile Speed Cameras To Monitor Humber Bridge

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Mobile speed cameras are due to appear on the Humber Bridge for the first time since it opened in 1981.

A recent survey has revealed that two thirds of drivers break the 50mph speed limit across the bridge which connects the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, November 11 @ 15:53:59 UTC

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News: Speed On Green Camera Catches 7000

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According to a Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police, a "Speed on Green" camera has ticketed 7,000 motorists.

The device is located on the junction of Crosby Road South and Cambridge Road southbound in Sefton. It's caught 7,348 vehicles since it was first deployed in February.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, November 11 @ 15:21:59 UTC

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News: Top Three Cambridgeshire Speed Cameras Revealed

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It has been revealed that one Cambridgeshire speed camera caught an average of four people a day last year.

1542 drivers were recorded speeding on Fletton Parkway, Peterborough in 2018.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, November 08 @ 15:34:47 UTC

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News: 15 Percent Rise In Thames Valley Speeding Fines

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There was a significant rise in speeding motorists caught by speed cameras in Thames Valley last year.

Home Office statistics show that 51,409 speeding tickets (a record number) were paid by drivers in 2018, 15% more than the previous year.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, November 08 @ 15:17:50 UTC

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News: A1 Dummy Speed Cameras Removed

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The Beeston, Bedfordshire dummy speed cameras have been removed after a year in service.

Mike Lacey, 73, set up a realistic copy of four speed devices from yellow drainage piping to deter drivers speeding past his house on the A1.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, November 08 @ 15:03:33 UTC

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News: Quad Biker Fined For Speed Camera Obstruction

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A quad bike rider has been prosecuted for obstructing a mobile speed camera.

The 27 year old masked rider slammed shut the window of a police camera van and then stood in front of the camera.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, November 08 @ 14:44:01 UTC

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News: PowerWatch 2 - A GPS Watch Powered By Your Body Heat

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The first time I read the press release for this watch I automatically assumed it was some sort of scam, how could body heat be sufficient to power a GPS equipped smartwatch?

But it is real and it really is powered by body heat. The PowerWatch 2 is yet another fitness tracking smartwatch with the usual raft of features. But the power system is unique and the makers claim it can generate enough power from your body heat to power the GPS for 30 minutes per day.

It has no battery at all, just a supercapacitor, a power store that can accept and deliver charge much faster than batteries, and tolerates many more charge and discharge cycles than rechargeable batteries. The thermoelectric generator converts body heat into power and the greater the difference between your body heat and ambient temperature the more power it can generate.

It's an interesting system but has some shortcomings and the watch itself is huge, but not having to charge it is a game changer. But at $500 for the base model you'll need deep pockets and a very strong desire to be charger free to justify purchasing one.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, November 08 @ 08:52:49 UTC

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News: France To Triple Number Of Speed Camera Devices

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France is set to massively increase the presence of it's new generation of speed cameras.

The speed cameras monitor the traffic as normal, and when they detect a motorist speeding or jumping a red light, a cross check on their registration number is carried out with a national vehicle insurance database.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, November 01 @ 13:12:09 UTC

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News: More Fines For Devon And Cornwall

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Following on from our recent story of a reduction of speed fines in Wales, comes a story about a significant increase in Devon and Cornwall.

There were 19,094 speeding tickets paid in 2018, a record, and 7% more than the previous year.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, November 01 @ 12:39:46 UTC

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News: Speeding Fines Down in Wales

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According to Home Office statistics there was a slight reduction of speeding fines in North Wales last year.

More than 15,000 drivers were fined out of the overall 17,515 that were caught in 2018 - that said, this figure can also be compared to 2011 which recorded only 8,094 fines.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, November 01 @ 12:18:49 UTC

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News: Britain should shelve plans for new GPS system

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A satellite expert has warned the Government that it should drop plans for a full-blown British satmap system as the proposals were based entirely on national pride.

The system that would rival the EU's Galileo navigation network could instead piggyback on Skynet 6, a MOD defence program, thus saving the tax-payers billions says Dr Stuart Eves, a satellite systems engineer whose has worked at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Astrium and the Ministry of Defence.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, November 01 @ 08:56:45 UTC

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News: Are Smart Motorways Confusing for Drivers?

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The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, is to review the safety of smart motorways after allegations that they are too confusing for drivers. In the most simplistic terms smart motorways are fairly easy to understand: you have a speed limit of 70mph unless the signs say otherwise. The issues apparently arise over the use of the hard shoulder. On some smart motorways the hard shoulder is always closed and only for emergency use but, during congestion, smart motorway signs may state that the hard should is open for all. On other smart motorways there is no hard shoulder as such with a small orange layby every half a mile or so for emergency use - the smart motorways signs can, however, close the inside lane if needed. All it takes is to look at the signs to see which lanes are open and what the speed limit is - it's not that confusing and we would always recommend being alert to your surroundings when driving.

From a personal point of view, while I am driving on the smart motorways without the hard shoulder I often worry about how safe it would be to stop in the event of a breakdown when you are essentially stopping in an active lane of traffic. While I keep an eye on my surroundings when driving I can only assume, judging by the number of near misses I've seen while driving, that not everyone does... It will be interesting to see the results of the upcoming review and whether they somehow decide that more speed cameras would help...!

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Posted by maft on Friday, October 25 @ 12:58:31 UTC

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News: Eutelsat 5 Suffers Solar Array 'Incident'.

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Eutelsat 5, a communications satellite which launched on October 9th, is reported to have had an 'incident' affecting one of the two solar arrays.

Eutelsat 5 is primarily used for TV Broadcast services but also contains equipment used to provide an EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System) node to augment navigation signals for the Galileo navigation network, in a contract worth 102 million euros.

Little is known about the nature of this incident, after launch from Baikonur, Eutelsat 5 used its on-board propulsion to circularise its geostationary orbit 22,000 miles over the equator. A statement from Eutelsat suggests that the incident occurred after reaching geostationary orbit.

An investigation with the satellite builder, Northrop Grumman is now underway to establish the cause and impact on service.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, October 25 @ 08:10:33 UTC

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