A Guide To: Speed Cameras
by Sarah Lomas
Speed cameras have been used on UK roads since the early 1990s and often divide the opinions of many motorists. However, they do play an important part in road safety.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, 26% of deaths on the road are a result of motorists speeding.
Speed cameras are usually located in areas known for accidents or where drivers are known to drive at high speeds. The cameras are used as a deterrent and also catch motorists who break the law and endanger others through high speeds.
Do you understand how speed cameras work? Follow our guide to making sure you don’t get caught out.
What types of speed cameras are there?
These are the most common types of speed cameras – the yellow and grey machines you see by the side of roads. They were the first to be installed in the UK and were originally painted grey. They can either be rear-facing or forward-facing, with the former being the most popular.
These are often used on motorways, busy roads or accident hot-spots. They are operated either from within vehicles or manually by the police using radar guns to capture motorists’ speeds.
Average Speed Cameras
Usually found on motorways during roadworks and although they were introduced in 1999, they are recently become more common. They record your speed and time stamp between various cameras to calculate your average speed.
Variable Speed Cameras
Similar to average speed cameras, the variable type of camera is often used on smart motorways and are used to prevent traffic congestion, during poor weather or an accident. They’re aren’t used at all times.
Can I find out where speed cameras are located?
There are various websites that allow you to search for fixed speed camera locations. If you want to know where mobile speed cameras are going to be, some publicise their locations online, although they are harder to research. You can also purchase speed camera detectors that alert you to upcoming speed cameras.
Many sat navs and dash cams also have built in systems which notify motorists of nearby cameras. or you could download a mobile app, which are updated more regularly with speed camera locations.
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