Will long-range police cameras make driving safer?
New long-range police cameras are set to make the roads safer by enforcing speed limits in a new way.
Gloucestershire Police have been trialling a new super camera that can detect driving offences from up to a kilometre away. In its first month of operation, the camera caught 1,325 motorists for offences such as speeding, using a mobile while driving and tailgating.
The first month saw 12 vehicles being seized from drivers, 52 motorists being cautioned, one positive breath test, one positive drug sample and a weapons seizure. Some 1,293 motorists were caught speeding, with ten of those exceeding speeds of 100mph on the A417.
This success means the camera could now be rolled out across the UK, catching motorists when they’re not even aware they’re being watched.
Most motorists support the technology
A recent poll of 2,000 drivers found 59% backed use of a long-range camera despite the introduction of stricter penalties despite the increased threat of prosecution. Less than one third (28%) opposed its use, while 13% were undecided.
More than three quarters (78%) of drivers surveyed say it is common to see drivers on their phones, and the camera’s ability to reduce tailgating, middle-lane hogging and failure to wear seatbelts were all worthy reasons for the police to use the long ranger on a wider scale.
Spotting drivers who don’t wear seatbelts
Recent research by road safety charity Brake indicated that despite being in force for 36 years, seat belt safety laws are still routinely flouted on UK roads. Almost half (49%) of young drivers said they had been in a car with someone who was not wearing a seatbelt in the past year. Drivers aged 18-24 were almost three times more likely to ride with someone going belt-free.
More than one in four (27%) passengers and drivers who died in car crashes in 2017 were not wearing seat belts. The fixed penalty for failure to wear a belt is £100, or up to £500 if a case goes to court.
From September 2019, EU law will require all new cars to feature seatbelt reminder systems for passenger seats as well as the driver seat. The EU is also considering introducing laws to mandate speed limiting technology to be included in all new cars sold in the EU from 2022. We will keep you informed as this idea develops over the coming months.
Whether it’s enforcing seatbelt laws, long-range cameras or the latest speed limiting technology, these measures are all working together to help us stay safe on the road. And for those unexpected incidents, you can count on quality car insurance from Computerquote. Why not get your quote today?