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    Speed camera vans

    "Today on the motorway there were a two speed camera vans - both with laser cameras and a guy behind.

    I was keeping up with the traffic and in the left lane both times when I seen the vans at about 900m and slowed by the time i was 500m away. I wasn't going too fast - not much more than anything else and slowed quite quickly...

    So the question - how do these cameras work - one was a safety van and the other a police van. The saftey van looked like it had a standard laser gun but the police van had a fancy thing with a long lens

    Has anyone been caught by one of these before or passed one without incident while going slightly over the limit. I wasn't going any faster than 86 before I noticed them (on my gps speedo)."

    Posted on behalf of a friend....

    Re: Speed camera vans

    Its hard to tell form the description whicc was the second apparatus, the laser gun (LIDAR) depends on the model, some have a max range of 150m like the ones here in Spain, others have a range of even 900m.
    If they are being operated manually (the cop was pointing the gun at the car-targets himself) then it must be pointed straight at you to get your speed, you may not have been a chosen target when you passed. But laser guns can also be left operating in automatic mode, in which case they are left alone in a tripod and clock every passing car and automatically shot the photo of the cars that are above the pre-set threshold speed set by the operator.

    Re: Speed camera vans

    yikes, i doubt i will encounter something like that over here but let's hope they don't get any ideas!

    Re: Speed camera vans

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    Mike S said:
    yikes, i doubt i will encounter something like that over here but let's hope they don't get any ideas!



    Let's hope the South African Authorities don't read Rennteam, then Steve - your "anonymous friend" will shortly find out whether the gun was working or not - police guidelines are speed limit +10% + 2mph. So if "he" or "she" was above 79mph...

    Re: Speed camera vans

    I'm pretty sure they have LIDAR (laser guns) already in South Africa

    I'm not sure but isn't Truvelo a South African company? ... they make laser guns and other traffic enforcement systems.

    Re: Speed camera vans

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    Carlos from Spain said:
    I'm pretty sure they have LIDAR (laser guns) already in South Africa

    I'm not sure but isn't Truvelo a South African company? ... they make laser guns and other traffic enforcement systems.



    they don't really use the guns much here, they just have the speed camera's. i'm hearing that they are starting to bring the lidar gun back, guess i will find out soon enough

    Re: Speed camera vans

    Lets hope they keep to the speed cameras then

    Re: Speed camera vans

    I think there was a guy behind the long thin lens thing, I'm pretty sure it was pointing at the fast lane too as I had a close look when I passed! There was another Camera Partnership van on a bridge on the way back up too as well as a car on fire!! An eventful day! So many cops by the Lake District in the Uk though it's scary. I dont like the camera vans - just doesn't seem like fair play!

    Re: Speed camera vans

    No tickets - yeh!!!

     
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