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Fact or Fiction?

It’s an urban myth that you can drive too fast to be caught on camera. It is, however, correct to say that over a certain speed the vehicle will not appear in the second photograph, but this simply proves you were driving well over the speed limit. Even if you had driven over the secondary check marks at 140mph+, your speed will still be registered from the first picture and as you’re out of shot, you’re obviously over the limit.

This will result in a court appearance and a driving ban.

All our fixed camera locations and mobile sites can be found on this website. Our aim is for everyone to be aware of where the cameras are: we’ve got nothing to hide. Cameras included in the partnership scheme are located where there is a history of people being killed or injured, or where local residents have raised concerns about illegal speeds, so it makes sense to slow down at these spots.

Camera enforcement officers visit mobile sites on a rolling basis and additional speed enforcement is also carried out by police officers at other sites of local concern.

Additional cameras will also be in operation during roadworks, so safety cameras can be in operation at varying locations across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear at any one time. It’s important for all of us to adopt a safe speed approach to our driving at all times, not just at camera sites.

In built-up areas, even a slight increase in speed can make a huge difference to whether someone lives or dies.  Research by the Transport Research Laboratory showed that just a 1mph reduction in average speed results in an average 5% reduction in collisions.

At 35mph a driver is twice as likely to kill someone than they are at 30mph.  At 40mph, nine out of 10 pedestrians hit will die, while at 20mph, nine out of ten will survive.

If you place the tape over your number plate, take a photograph, and have it developed, then it is likely you will see a blank number plate when you get the prints back. However, this doesn’t fool a safety camera: it will show up clearly on the film negative and high definition printing means it will still be easily readable.

Certain in-car equipment will detect live radar cameras, but not those that are triggered by loops within the road surface. Also, the laser will often only be detected after you’ve been caught speeding as it captures the image in less than a second. These devices also won’t pick up any red light cameras in the vicinity.

Anyone driving in a city with the device switched on is likely to be constantly bombarded with information, as automatic doors operate using similar radar technology.

Passive tracking devices register the speed limit and warn you when to slow down, but their camera locations are often out of date.

The partnership is not against legal in-car devices, as they encourage driving within the speed limit, but warns drivers not to rely on them to avoid a ticket or to use them as an excuse to drive recklessly elsewhere.

Any one who doesn’t sign the paperwork will have it returned to them to complete. If you still refuse to sign, then you will receive a summons to court for failure to provide the requested information. This could result in a much higher penalty than would have originally been imposed.

Safety cameras do not divert police officers from investigating other crimes – just the opposite. The technology frees up more officers to focus on other crime prevention and detection duties, rather than be diverted to enforce speed limits.

Anyone who breaks the speed limit is breaking the law, committing a criminal offence and putting their own life, and that of other road users, at risk.

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 674 people either injured or killed on the roads in the Northumbria police force area where someone involved was exceeding the speed limit.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the most recently available year (2013) there were nearly five times as many deaths on the roads in England and Wales as there were murders.  Excessive and inappropriate speed is not a victimless crime.

People still die on the roads at night: there is a lower volume of traffic but the speeds are generally much higher, making any collisions more likely to be serious or fatal.

Between 2010 and 2014, a third of fatalities on our local roads occurred when it was dark, while over 10% happened between midnight and 6AM.

 

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