New long-range speed camera introduced
Gloucestershire police hope it will significantly reduce offences like tailgating and texting at the wheel.
Gloucestershire police are hoping that a new long-range speed camera will provide a greater help in curbing dangerous driving.
Unlike those traditional models which can only measure how fast a vehicle is travelling, this new device can capture both high-quality footage and photographs of infractions before the driver has even caught a glimpse of the camera.
The device was unveiled as part of Operation Indemis, a new collaborative approach to policing the country’s busiest routes like the M4 and M5.
The scheme’s main aim is to educate the UK’s motorists about the importance of safe driving, but police stress than anyone caught by the camera committing an offence will be prosecuted.
“Many people have come to me with their concerns about speeding and other safety issues along this road,” said Martin Surl, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. “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.”