Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Number of drivers caught speeding increases by 25 per cent in just one year after rise in 'stealth' cameras used by the police . . .

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Number of drivers caught speeding increases by 25 per cent in just one year after rise in 'stealth' cameras used by the police 

  • 112,000 drivers given penalty notices in 12 months because of the cameras
  • Increase due to 'grey cameras' on motorways with variable speed limits
  • Critics say the measures are used to catch out drivers and make money
  • Numbers of drivers fined will rise as system is extended across the country
Cited at:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3034682/Number-drivers-caught-speeding-increases-25-cent-just-one-year-rise-stealth-cameras-used-police.html

Traffic police have fined 25 percent more drivers on motorways in the last 12 months through the use of unmarked ‘stealth cameras’.

New figures show that the number of drivers caught out by the ‘grey cameras’ have soared, with 112,000 divers given penalty notices or sent to court for offences on the motorway in the last year.

The increased use of ‘smart motorways’ that have variable speed limits, open the hard-shoulder to ease congestion and employ digital speed cameras are considered to be the driving force behind the rise, the Times reported.


The use of the less noticeable cameras has led to claims that police are using stealth to catch out drivers

The increased use of ‘smart motorways’ is considered to be the driving force behind the massive rise

Often drivers were caught out for breaking variable limits well below 70mph. Stretches of the M1, M25, M4 and M5 have become the most notorious for catching speeders.

As the use of smart motorways is extended from current levels of around 200 miles to 800 miles over the next ten years, the number of fines is set to rise even more.

Critics have lashed out at the system for its use of grey cameras or ‘Hadecs’. The use of the less noticeable cameras in the place of more visible yellow cameras has led to claims that police are using stealth to catch out drivers.

Highways England, which manages highways and A roads, is reviewing grey cameras and may decide to paint them yellow, the Conservatives said last night.

Sources from the party were quoted as saying it was important drivers were aware when they were under the scrutiny of cameras but also important that they kept to the speed limit.

The Labour party has said it will paint all motorway cameras yellow.

AA President Edmund King criticised grey cameras saying motorists were far more likely to be involved in an accident on a rural road but that speed cameras and traffic were rarely deployed in such areas.

Work begins on M62 to create new 'smart motorways' (related)

Timelapse of a grey gantry being installed on the M25

Information obtained by the Times in a recent Freedom of Information request showed that last year, in 24 out of 45 police forces 112,654 motorists were given speeding penalties with a minimum fine of £100 and three points on their licence.

In 2013 88,857 were handed the same penalty, compared with 71,922 in 2012, 78,696 in 2011 and 54,720 in 2010.

Highways England has said automated, smart motorways smooth traffic flow and speed up journeys. It added that the majority of drivers stick to speed limits and all cameras are sign posted.

HOW A 'STEALTH' CAMERA WORKS 


Highways England, which manages highways and A roads, is reviewing grey cameras

The grey cameras are being installed across Britain's busiest motorways can track dozens cars across four lanes in the heaviest of traffic.

Conventional cameras can only scan one lane and are usually painted yellow - but these are grey.

Attached to the motorway gangway - front and rear-facing cameras are used to verify a vehicle's speed. 

The same camera system is also used to grab the vehicle's number plate and match it up with the national vehicle registration database. 

They enforce variable speed limits and also the standard 70mph speed limit if needed. 

As the use of smart motorways is extended from current levels of around 200 miles to 800 miles over the next ten years the number of fines is set to rise even more

Police forces themselves have the power to decide if they will use the cameras to enforce penalties.

Police in Somerset caught 23,086 motorists speeding in 2014 – a dramatic increase on the 756 that were caught one year earlier.

The rise was attributed to tougher measures taken on one portion of a smart motorway. 


Often drivers were caught out for breaking variable limits well below 70mph. Stretches of the M1, M25, M4 and M5 have become the most notorious for catching speeders.













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