12 Speed cameras you need to know about

Hate them or hate them speed cameras are part and parcel of the roads today. So here is a list of 12 cameras you should really be aware of.

1. Motorway Average Speed Cameras On motorways these tend to be used during roadworks rather than all the time. They are different to normal motorway cameras. They record your speed between two points and calculate an AVERAGE of your speed overall.

2. Overhead Smart Motorway cameras These can be overhead or on the floor. They ONLY trigger when you speed past them – different to average speed cameras.

3. Handheld speedguns These are used by police or volunteers at the side of the residential roads. The RADAR speed devices capture the speed of any passing car. They are highly visible patrols and anyone caught speeding can be issued a ticket.

4. Floor-based motorway speed cameras These work in the same way as overhead cameras, but are positioned on the floor. They don’t tend to be used these days but they trigger when driven past at speed.

5. Gatso speed cameras These are the ‘classic’ standard speed cameras which have been on roads since the 1990s. They are rear facing and capture the car and number plate when driven past fast enough to trigger it.

6. Non-motorway average speed cameras On non-motorways, Average Speed Cameras can be in place permanently. They record how long it takes you to drive between two points, to work out if you were going too fast.

7. Truvelo forward facing speed cameras These are similar to the classic speed camera but they face forwards. These trigger only when drivers speed past them faster than the speed limit for that road.

8. Onboard police vehicle cameras Police cars can record your speed as they travel behind you. On-board computers and cameras can sit behind you and track your car’s position relative to nearby objects like lampposts and work out how fast you’re going.

9. The Long Ranger This is a new type of mobile speed gun which can capture your car speeding up to a MILE away.

10. Police van cameras These are similar to mobile speedguns. The vans park up on roadsides and can catch anyone speeding past.

11. Red X cameras Okay so it’s not speeding, but Red X cameras can now capture your car and trigger a fine if you drive under a camera while a lane has been closed on any smart motorway.

12. Infrared Night time speeding sensors These are infrared sensors which can capture your number plate in the dark. They are used in conjunction with speed cameras to make sure you can’t speed even in the pitch black.

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