You may have noticed an increasing amount of average speed cameras being put up on highways across the country. These cameras sit high above the road and observe for speeding violations. The big problem is that many road users are unaware or naive as to how they work causing confusion and potentially dangerous driving as a result.
An average speed camera comprises multiple cameras spaced along a road at least 200m apart. You’ll often find these in areas with high accident rates or frequent speeding incidents. The cameras use number plate recognition technology to record data for each vehicle that passes through and sends this data to a large data management system. This system then calculates the time it took to pass between the cameras providing an average speed for each vehicle. It is then able to assess whether or not the speed limit has been broken, if it has a fine will be issued.
With all new speed monitoring technology motorists often believe they have tricks to ‘beat’ the system. This may be true for previous gatso cameras which cannot issue tickets if they run out of tape. However, in the case of average speed cameras all data is recorded and downloaded to a computer. Any vehicle can be captured speeding using the cameras from car to bike and receive a fine. The cameras are able to function and issue fines regardless of time and day an in-spite of inclement weather conditions.
On a recent commute between our yards we personally experienced the dangers of not knowing how this technology worked as a driver recklessly changed lanes at high speed thinking that the camera wouldn’t be able to track them. WRONG! The cameras account for lane changes so don’t swerve as you become an immediate danger to other road users as well as yourself.
Spread the word and make sure you don’t receive a fine from one of these cameras through your letterbox.