CCTV: Caught on Camera

Speed camera’s have been on the roads for many years now, the first mechanical camera’s being introduced in the 1960′s and then newer more efficient law enforcing cameras in the 1990′s. At one time motorists only needed to worry about these occasional speed camera’s on the road as they drove past it. There would also usually be a road sign warning the motorist several yards before they reached the camera so there was a chance to slow down. But if you are unlucky to have been flashed at the chances are that you would be contacted by post and told of the reason why your vehicle was flashed at and in what way is this case being followed up.

The cameras are located so that they are able to pick up the more intricate details of your vehicle: The registration plate/make and model. Although sometimes hard to spot most drivers are able to see the bright yellow box-like fitting attached to lamp posts or corners of buildings.

Along with these Speed Camera’s roads will also in most cases be covered by Close Circuit Television too (CCTV). Its a popular trend with the police and has a multitude of uses not just to pick up evidence from street crime.

Firstly diversions, those cameras are used to help the traffic police set up alternative routes where needed. These cameras can be placed in the most awkward of places so will really be able to show a good section of the roads. News casters and websites use the information from these cameras too. Which brings us to our next point…

CCTV is a fantastic way to help you when planning your journey. It is used to monitor traffic when it occurs, and anyone can have access to the CCTV images online- there are many websites you can log on to and have an instant image of whats going on. On the Direct Gov website you can access these images through clicking the link below:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Usingmotorwaysandroads/Keepingtrafficmoving/DG_185003

For the even more technologically advanced there are apps in which images direct from the CCTV camera are streamed directly to your touch screen android phone! With regular reports or heavy traffic situations on the routes you are planning to travel sent straight to you.

Cameras are a great deterrent from vandals too, studies have shown that violence and vandalism is markedly less in the areas where CCTV camera’s are visible.

Another great function of these camera’s is to help those who have been involved in the more serious road traffic accidents that require medical help urgently. In these situations victims are not able to exactly locate where they are if it is on a long stretch of motorway. Cameras are able to pin point the exact location of the accident which will enable the emergency services to get help to them quickly. This is one of the most important and life saving aspects to CCTV on the roads.

While all these reasons are great, its worth bearing in mind that the combination of Speed Camera’s as well as CCTV is bad news for reckless drivers! As they most likely will be caught. Want Driving Lessons advises you drive in a sensible and safe manner at all times to avoid getting caught out and possibly being prosecuted!

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