Super speed and spy snap in tests
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.