Alert - uprated laser speed gun in the UK

TruCam 2 Speed Enforcement Laser
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".
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Notice of Intended Prosecution
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Updated: 201217
Posted: 201217

An uprated laser speed gun that can read a vehicle’s 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 don’t 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.

Comments

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.