Su­per speed and spy snap in tests

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By MARK HINCH­LIFFE

A SPEED cam­era so ac­cu­rate it can also de­tect a driver il­le­gally us­ing a mo­bile phone may be on the way soon.

Bri­tish po­lice have be­gun test­ing the spe­cial $18,500 laser speed cam­era that catches driv­ers us­ing a mo­bile phone from a dis­tance of al­most 1km and will also pro­vide crys­tal-clear video ev­i­dence as well.

The Con­cept II cam­era will also be able to see if driv­ers or pas­sen­gers are not wear­ing their seat­belts.

Anti-speed cam­era cam­paign group Dorset Speed re­jects the cam­eras as ‘‘an­other tool for mak­ing money’’

There is no in­di­ca­tion yet whether the cam­era will be used in Australia, but the web­site of man­u­fac­turer Tele-traf­fic UK says they sell to po­lice forces around the world.

The rev­o­lu­tion­ary speed and spy cam­era uses a laser speed de­tec­tion de­vice and video cam­era with pro­fes­sional-qual­ity 50-500mm zoom lens, and Dv­drecorder.

It will op­er­ate in tem­per­a­tures from mi­nus 22 to 60C and record up to 3997 of­fences per DVD.

Tele-traf­fic says the new ap­pa­ra­tus will also record

a red-light vi­o­la­tions and can be used in con­junc­tion with au­to­matic num­ber plate readers.

The first to use the cam­eras is the ru­ral-based Dorset po­lice force who bought two as part of a zero-tol­er­ance cam­paign on traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.

A Dorset po­lice spokesman said the cam­eras caught one driver play­ing a har­mon­ica with both hands. The crack­down fol­lows calls this week for Queens­land to step into line with other states and in­tro­duce lower cam­era tol­er­ances of 3km/h.

A spokesman for an­ti­speed cam­era cam­paign group Dorset Speed re­jects the cam­eras as ‘‘an­other tool for mak­ing money’’.

Traf­fic of­fi­cers are now test­ing the Con­cept II cam­eras but are not yet us­ing the video ev­i­dence.

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