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Speed Cameras ? Digital vs.Traditional

Posted on 25/10/2012

It has recently been reported that only 1 in 6 speed cameras in England and Wales are digital and that if the existing traditional ‘wet film’ cameras were replaced by modern, more reliable digital ones, the number of crashes occurring on Britain’s roads would decrease.

Although both types of cameras in operation produce equally accurate results, a traditional camera is operated by a ‘wet film’ and as one would expect, it relies on the film being replaced in order to continue recording offences. However, the modern cameras are in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and therefore is will constantly monitor incidents.

As specialist motoring solicitors in defending speeding allegations, we have defended drivers accused of speeding, who have been recorded on both the traditional and the digital cameras.  We have seen no difference in terms of digital cameras being more accurate as we win cases for cases caught on both types of cameras.

What can be commented upon is the way in which individual police forces operate the equipment and how they document its process to evidence the fact that they have detected somebody speeding.  The speed cameras can allege a speeding offence is committed although without the relevant records/evidence to show how the speed reading was detected, the police may not have produced an accurate reading.

Whether increasing Government spending on replacing traditional cameras with digital cameras will reduce crashes is unclear at this time, although if all cameras were operated effectively and evidence correctly recorded, such a heavy spend may not be necessary at all.