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Update: see previous posts – October 21, 2010 – Photo Radar In Quebec, October 12, 2010 School Radar Program (Woodstock, Ontario) , September 18, 2010 The “Radar Project”, September 6, 2010 – School is Back – Slow Down and Be Cautious, September 6, 2009 – School Buses: Stopping for them Saves Lives, September 2, 2010 Toronto – Radar Trap Central

see the source MailOnline

This camera and the equipment accompanying it will be able to transmit the following information to law enforcement, as soon as your motor vehicle is within its sight:

  • it will record the speed of your vehicle and decide whether you are travelling faster than the posted speed limit
  • it will determine if you are breaking the rules of the road by following the vehicle in front of you, “too closely”
  • it will determine if you are wearing your seatbelt or not
  • it will instantly record your licence plate number and will be able to ascertain if your taxes are paid up to date and whether your insurance is valid
  • this system can detect multiple offences at the same time and is connected to police computers via satellite, so that prosecutions can be started within seconds of any offence.
  • This system will detect speeders, vehicles following other vehicles "too closely", will be able to videotape the occupants of the vehicle and be able to identify those who are not wearing their seatbelts, the system will be able to instantly verify whether of not your licence plates are valid and up to date and whether your auto insurance is valid and up to date and all of this information will be catalogued and instantly sent to law enforcement.
  • Matti Kutila, senior research scientist at VTT, said: ‘The main intention is to support traffic police so that drivers follow traffic rules such as wearing seat belts, keep to the speed limit and maintain sufficient distance to the vehicle in front.Even the most law-abiding driver might feel a shiver down the spine when spotting this speed camera at the roadside.
  • The latest weapon in speed camera technology can capture footage from 150ft away.

    It is the first to detect multiple offences at the same time and is connected to police computers via satellite, so that prosecutions can be started within seconds of any offence.

    Development of the system, known as Asset – Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport – is being funded with around £7million of European money.

    It is undergoing testing in Finland and is expected to be deployed across Europe from 2013, with each unit costing £50,000.

    Motoring organisations gave it a mixed reception. AA president Edmund King said: ‘Tailgating is more dangerous in most cases than speeding so I think most motorists would welcome it.

    ‘But it needs to be a safety measure, not a money-making machine.’

    Campaign group Speed Cameras Dot Org said the device should not become a replacement for traffic police.

    Its testing comes at a time when the Government has cut central funding for speed cameras and reduced the road safety budget by £38million.

    The Asset camera is being tested by the VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland. It is currently mounted on a trailer but it is eventually expected to be converted to fit inside police vehicles.

    Matti Kutila, senior research scientist at VTT, said: ‘The main intention is to support traffic police so that drivers follow traffic rules such as wearing seat belts, keep to the speed limit and maintain sufficient distance to the vehicle in front.

    ‘This, of course, is beneficial for road safety.’

    Britain currently has separate cameras to detect speeding, tax and insurance violations, but Asset is the first to be able to spot a number of offences.

    One of the first counties in the country to switch off its speed cameras is to turn them back on again – after speeding soared.

    Oxfordshire deactivated its 72 fixed and 89 mobile units on August 1 after the county council withdrew its funding to Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership.

    Shortly afterwards the partnership claimed the number of drivers speeding past deactivated cameras had increased by up to 88 per cent.

    Yesterday it emerged that the police and council were nearing a deal to turn all the cameras back on.

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