The Insurance Blogger uncovers a new generation of traffic cameras aimed at catching drivers committing up to five motoring offences at the same time which are undergoing secret testing.
The roadside spy checks every vehicle that drives past. Prosecutions are instigated via a satellite link to police computers within seconds of an image being taken and analysed.
Images of drivers who do not commit any offences are destroyed within a month.
The £50,000 ASSET super-sleuth simultaneously:
- Checks for speeding
- Photographs the driver to check if a seatbelt is worn
- Measures the distance between vehicles to detect tailgating
- Checks if the vehicle is insured
- Checks if the vehicle has valid road tax
The trailer-mounted cameras are undergoing tests in Finland, which are scheduled to finish by Christmas. Police forces across Europe will then connect to the system under a £7.1 million program funded by the European Union.
The ASSET is the first multi-function law enforcement camera.
Matti Kutila of VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland (which is testing the camera) said: “The main intention is to support traffic police so that drivers follow traffic rules such as wearing seat belts, keep to the speed limit and maintaining sufficient distance to the vehicle in front.”
Speed camera jammer banned
Meanwhile, Jamie Shreeve, 21, of Caister, near Great Yarmouth, was banned from driving for a month after mounting a speed camera jammer on his turbo-charged Porsche 911 after police stopped the car on the A47 in Norfolk.
He pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer at Great Yarmouth Magistrates court and was fined £100 with £85 in addition to picking up the ban. The device stops cameras from registering speeding cars and is sold for up to £500 a time on the internet as a ‘parking sensor’. Another 10 motorists are expected to face similar charges in court over the coming weeks.