- uprated laser speed gun in the UK
TruCam 2 Speed
The supplier says the "TruCam 2 has integrated a laser with a
digital video camera, making it the ultimate traffic and speed enforcement
laser with video available on the market. TruCam 2 is capable of enforcing
multiple speeds and even captures hard to get motorcycles". They
add "built-in detection algorithms combat laser jammers and our
tamper-proof secure data encryption". More
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Notice of Intended Prosecution
Chris Hunt Cooke says "incidentally, the NIP has to be served
on the registered keeper within 14 days or no conviction can result.
Case law says that this is so whatever is happening to the post (there
was a postal strike going on at the time) so even a combination of
Covid and Christmas postal delays would not avoid the requirement".
uprated laser speed gun that can read a vehicles number
plate from up to 750 metres away is undergoing trials by a number
of police forces around the UK. The speed gun is the
TruCam 2 Speed Enforcement Laser, each of which costs
around £10,000. The integrated laser device works both
in the daytime and in the dark using a new "night-mode
feature" that can automatically focus on a car approaching
from up to a half a mile away. The target vehicle data is uploaded
to a database and then a Notice of Intended Prosecution
and request to name the driver is sent to the registered keeper."
The manufacturer says this means police dont need to pursue
and pull over speeding drivers. The device itself is actually
capable of reading number plates from up to 1.5km (0.93 miles)
away, but UK police are calibrating theirs to 750 metres (0.47
miles) in line with limits set by the UK Government.
The TruCam 2 Speed Enforcement Laser is an updated version
of the LTI 20/20 TruCam 1 Speed Enforcement Laser and the original
LTI 20/20 which has been in use since 1993. The TruCam 2 was
approved for use by UK police forces in June 2020, with the
rollout now underway. The previous generation TruCam 1 Speed
Enforcement Laser, which could only be used during daylight
hours, has been used by some police forces in the UK for more
than six years. The supplier says "the TruCam 2 can
detect speeding, tailgating, distracted driving and other traffic
violations" adding "so they have met their match"!
This new device sounds like a deadly detector for motorists.
Spotting a laser speed gun on the roadside or on an
overhead motorway bridge at a half mile away needs some sharp
eyes! Using a screen mounted radar detector can pick up the
laser signals and provide a warning, but the trouble with
laser guns is they are only operating when the trigger on
the gun is pressed (unlike many of the roadside cameras using
X & K band). So unless the detector picks up laser scatter
from the gun being used to zap another vehicle ahead of you,
then you will have no warning the operator is waiting for
his next opportunity. This risk is greater when the traffic
levels are light because the frequency the gun is used tends
to be lower with longer gaps between use.
Many satnavs provide warnings of fixed speed cameras or
locations where mobile speed detectors are used but unless
the satnav database is frequently updated it can become out
of date and provide inaccurate warnings. In some cases an
alert of a speed camera provided by a satnav can be of the
former location of the camera where it has been removed and
an average speed control system introduced as a replacement
over a length of road or motorway. In many urban areas 20mph
limits have been introduced and again an ageing satnav without
a regular database updates will fail to provide an alert to
a new limit.
Radar detectors capable of detecting laser gun and X &
K band camera signals are available. In the UK the Road
Safety Act 2006 contained provisions about "speed assessment
equipment detection devices" but we understand it has
not been commenced. Users of radar detection devices were
at one time prosecuted under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949
for intercepting messages, but on appeal from a case in 1999,
the Divisional Court held that radar emissions were not in
fact a message, so the appeal was allowed. What some drivers
have been successfully prosecuted for recently is perverting
the course of justice by using some kind of jamming device,
as the sentence for this offence usually involves jail time,
it is not to be recommended! Reports mention that some people
with jammers took to speeding past police speed traps making
V signs, so they did rather bring it on themselves! Clearly
MGV8 enthusiasts would not descend to those levels!
In France speed detectors are banned, both live devices
and satnavs using a speed camera database. The "Flic"
are known to have the habit of of removing a suspect device
from the windscreen, placing it under the front wheel of the
vehicle and inviting the driver to move forward! A "crushing
blow" in more ways than that because warnings of fixed
speed cameras on satnavs are illegal in France and the fine
for having the device is large.. So now your satnav will warn
you of a "dangerous area" instead. To be fair, the
French do put up notices warning of "Frequent Radar Controls"
a mile of so before any cameras on the autoroutes, so you
have sporting chance.