It is amazing the amount of times I am on the motorway in a Average speed zone and people just fly past, I feel as if people no longer understand what the word average is anymore or ever did. You see cars tanking it down the road and jumping on the brakes before the camera hoping not to get a ticket, buy then its to late. So thought i would find some information to help the general public understand the concept of an average speed check camera.
Spec Speed Camera
They work by using an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system to record a vehicle's front number plate at each fixed camera site. As the distance is known between these sites, the average speed can be calculated by dividing this by the time taken to travel between two points.
Each camera features infra red illuminators fitted on gantries above the road, so they can work day or night 24/7.
Average speed cameras are located in multiple (at least 2 at a minimum of 200 metres apart) locations along a single stretch of road for monitoring your average speed along that particular road , unlike other fixed cameras which capture your speed at certain points.
Average speed cameras work and track you speed over a set distance, which may be several miles! The shortest average speed check zone in the UK is located on Tower Bridge, London and is just less than a mile in length, In which use to be sign posted which have now been taken down, but very much active.
In 2013, some 127 miles of UK roads were covered by average speed cameras, however by 2016 research obtained by the BBC's The One Show found 51 stretches of road are permanently managed by average speed cameras, covering some 263 miles in total - doubling in 3 years.
SPECS speed camera systems commonly enforce speed limits on dual carriageways and motorways. SPECS gantry installations can monitor up to four lanes. The SPECS system are located at the side of the road or at central reservations. Cameras are then located at regular intervals to operate a managed speed control zone.Each SPECS speed camera records a date and time stamp. Then, by ANPR, the computer can then work out your average speed between the cameras with photographic evidence that you were speeding between the SPECS cameras. SPECS speed cameras also record your number plate and issue you a speeding ticket if you were speeding along the average speed controlled stretch of road.
The death toll on one of Scotland’s most notorious roads has dropped dramatically since the installation of controversial average speed cameras, transport bosses have insisted.
Unlike other speed cameras SPECS camera don't use film so there is no limit to the number of incriminating motorists it can help to prosecute. Your number plate, date and time stamp are stored by each SPECS camera and then if your average speed between the cameras is above the speed limit you will automatically be issued a speeding fine.
A new study of the A9 Inverness-Dunblane route — 18 months after the so-called yellow vultures were introduced — suggest the Inverness-Dunblane route has become much safer with 26 fewer killed or seriously hurt.
The new figures released by the A9 Safety Group show that four fewer people were killed on the road and 22 fewer people were seriously injured compared to an equivalent period before they were installed.
The number of fatal and serious crashes was down overall by 45%.
Since the cameras were introduced, 8,015 vehicles have been caught speeding out of more than 22 million journeys along the route.
Journey times between Perth and Inverness have increased by about 10 minutes.
Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: "Safety is an absolute priority and every road death is one too many.
"The latest figures indicated the route is much safer since the average speed cameras were introduced."
He said the data marked the mid-point of a three year evaluation.
"This extremely encouraging picture is to be welcomed and I would urge all A9 users, particularly the small minority who continue to take risks, to play their part in reducing accidents as we progress our £3 billion A9 dualling programme."
Stewart Leggett, chairman of the A9 Safety Group, added: "Since the cameras were installed, there has been a sustained improvement in driver behaviour and we are now seeing a corresponding fall in casualties."
He said he was "heartened" by the early results.
Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser said: "It is good to see the number of fatalities reduce on Scotland's deadliest road, but there is still an alarming level of casualties which clearly demonstrates that speed is not always to blame.
"The road layout, with confusing changes between single and dual carriageway, is still problematic and the Scottish Government must do all it can to ensure that we have a fully dualled road before the 2025 deadline."
He added: "If you look closely at the statistics, the average journey time for north and south travelling vehicles has increased by nearly 10 minutes. Frustration caused by slow moving vehicles can be a cause of accidents and I would hope that slower journey times do not exacerbate the situation."
Mike Burns, who led a high profile campaign against the cameras, said: "Journey times have massively increased and the figures are not a true reflection as 2014 continues to be omitted.
"Incidents and restrictions are still up between Perth and Inverness and now the fiddling of results – to remove the time effects of roadworks – are masking the true effect of the continued restriction of the road, with back roads now suffering a doubling of road traffic as well."
Liz Smith MSP welcomed the drop in accidents, but added: "These cameras are a sticking plaster solution and the Scottish Government must continue to press ahead with dualling plans to ensure Perth and Kinross and the Highlands have infrastructure befitting the 21st century."
What do you think, are average speed cameras money makers or necessary for safety?