A new speed camera, that can film what drivers are doing from 1,000 meters away is now in operation.
The new piece of camera equipment dubbed the “long ranger”, is currently used by police in Gloucestershire, as a new weapon to catch dangerous drivers before any serious misdemeanours are committed.
The huge speed gun produces extremely clear video footage and still photography, ensuring any unlawful offences performed by drivers are reprimanded accordingly, including mobile phone usage and speeding.
The main reason stated for the introduction of this device is to promote safer driving on the UK roads. While drivers caught for more serious offences will be prosecuted, some motorists will be passed advice on better driving decisions and given tips for the future to avoid harsher police action.
The authorities are aiming to use the equipment to reduce the number of drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel, speeding, not wearing their seatbelts, or tailgating.
Martin Surl, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner shared his thoughts on what this new initiative could mean for drivers and the overall user safety on the road:
“We now have a chance to test a new model of collaborative road policing which, if it proves a success, can be put into practice elsewhere.
“The aim is not just to penalise motorists but to uphold the law by creating a change in people’s behaviour.
“But the police will enforce the law when necessary.”
Judging by his comments, it is clear to see that if this equipment works as intended and is deemed a success, it will potentially be rolled out to law enforcers across the UK.
While these devices might trigger fear amongst motorists, they could also help prevent a number of accidents, help the authorities to educate drivers, and be a step towards more safer roads for everyone.
All drivers should be aware of the fact that using a mobile phone while driving is an illegal offence and if caught, motorists can be handed a £200 fine and three penalty points – it is best not to do it at all, whether a long ranger is in the vicinity or not! Also, it is worth noting that some insurers penalise drivers with convictions and that a claim can even be declined if the driver was committing an offence at the time of the incident.