Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Speed Camera Catch 22.

It seems our speed cameras may have a weakness. Changing lanes between cameras means that the SPECS cannot generate a ticket. Read here. There are caveats.

Absolutely brilliant though. Police chiefs were forced to urge drivers not to exploit the shortcoming by trying to evade the cameras. Not a hope. Accident rates will go up as the world and his dogs will be weaving all over the show whilst moving between the SPECS cameras. It a bit like asking a bank robber not to avoid the shortcomings of CCTV and remove his mask before he goes into the bank.

Of course an increase in accidents means it is a prime spot for speed cameras in a safety drive so that's a bit of a catch 22 situation. Speed cameras cause accidents.

I would actually like to see the stats for road accidents on stretches of roads before and after speed cameras are installed. From what I've seen I think the accident rate would be up in most of them as I've seen several rear enders whilst people brake for the cameras. 40 limit. Car in front not sure brakes to 30 and the car behind checking his speed goes in the back. Ooops.


At 9:46 pm, Blogger Snafu said...

The only place on the A3 northbound into London where there are skidmarks in any significant numbers are just before the speed camera...


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