Speed cam­eras in Bucks to get dig­i­tal upgrade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THAMES Val­ley Po­lice is re­mind­ing driv­ers to stick to the speed lim­its as it be­gins a pro­gramme to upgrade all fixed speed cam­eras in its force area.

Over the com­ing weeks and months, many tra­di­tional wet film cam­eras, which are now more than 10 years old, will be re­placed with more ad­vanced dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy as part of the force’s on­go­ing ef­forts to re­duce deaths and in­juries on Thames Val­ley’s roads.

The cam­eras will be up­graded at pri­or­ity sites where there is the great­est need to re­duce the num­ber of road ca­su­al­ties and the speed of ve­hi­cles.

The first sites to be up­graded were in Ox­ford - in Ban­bury Road, Bot­ley Road and Marston Road – all of which be­came op­er­a­tional on Mon­day, March 7.

Twenty cam­eras and site up­grades will be com­pleted this year, with a fur­ther 10 cam­eras to be up­graded next year.

The over­all pro­gramme will last up to five years.

Like all cam­eras across Thames Val­ley, the new tech­nol­ogy cam­eras will be bright yel­low and clearly vis­i­ble to driv­ers.

The new dig­i­tal cam­eras will send of­fence in­for­ma­tion us­ing mo­bile data tech­nol­ogy to a con­trol cen­tre in Ban­bury.

The ana­logue cam­eras re­quire an op­er­a­tor to at­tend each cam­era site to re­move the film, which is then de­vel­oped into a neg­a­tive be­fore be­ing re­viewed by the team at the Fixed Penalty Sup­port Unit.

With the new dig­i­tal cam­eras, the qual­ity of the im­age will be greatly en­hanced pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in ev­i­den­tial qual­ity of the of­fend­ing ve­hi­cle.

Tem­po­rary Supt Henry Par­sons, of Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary and Thames Val­ley Po­lice Joint Op­er­a­tions Roads Polic­ing Unit, said: “This im­proved tech­nol­ogy will help us con­tinue to re­spond to con­cerns raised by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and help make their roads safer.

“They are used solely for road safety rea­sons as ev­i­dence shows they are ef­fec­tive at re­duc­ing ca­su­alty rates.”

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