Long-range camera takes aim at dangerous driversFri, 30/11/2018
Gloucestershire Police have employed the use of a mobile camera, in an attempt to curb dangerous and illegal activity by drivers.
The RAC reports:
Police have a new weapon in the fight against reckless driving — a mobile camera that can catch offenders from up to a kilometre away.
Dangerous or illegal activity behind the wheel — including tailgating and mobile phone use — can now be snapped before a driver has even had chance to see the camera.
Unlike traditional speed guns, which only measure how fast cars are travelling, the new camera produces clear, high-quality video footage and photographs of vehicles and their occupants’ behaviour.
Gloucestershire Police unveiled the new camera as part of Operation Indemis, a collaborative approach to policing the region’s busiest routes, including the M4 and M5.
Officers say one of the aims is to educate motorists about the importance of driving safely on the roads, with some drivers offered advice on how to improve under the initiative.
However, anyone caught committing offences faces prosecution, including those engaged in tailgating, speeding, driving without a seatbelt or using a hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel.
Earlier this year, Highways England launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of tailgating after figures revealed that one in eight road casualties are caused by tailgating.
Martin Surl, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, thinks the camera represents a new way of policing the UK’s roads and hopes it will help change behaviours.
He said: “Many people have come to me with their concerns about speeding and other safety issues along this road. We now have a chance to test a new model of collaborative road policing which, if it proves a success, can be put into practice elsewhere.
“The aim is not just to penalise motorists but to uphold the law by creating a change in people’s behaviour. But the police will enforce the law when necessary.”
If the scheme is a success, Gloucestershire Police says it will look to work with other agencies, including the Motor Insurer’s Bureau and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to explore how the technology could make UK roads safer.
This new approach to deterring illegal activity behind the wheel is a huge step towards increasing road safety in the region. Its success locally will surely indicate whether the use of a long-term camera will be extended to other areas of the UK.