Myth Busting 12 Speed Camera Myths
It’s not surprising that drivers all across the UK take a few risks and go over the speed limit, usually completely unintentionally, this happens due to situations like getting kids to school on-time or running late for a train.
25 years ago the first speed camera was set up to make drivers stick to the legal speed limits. Many people think it’s easy to identify when a camera is on or off, but that’s merely a rumour and not the case at all.
There are many speed camera myths that we are going to bust for you.
Here are the facts:
Some cameras ARE switched off: True
A spokesman from Brake stated “Disturbingly, various Freedom of Information requests have revealed that some cameras are not fully operational within the UK.”
“Brake fully supports the use of speed cameras, and would encourage the return to use of any cameras that have been turned off. Speed cameras are proven to reduce speeding, and can catch far higher numbers of speeding drivers than traffic police with mobile cameras.”
You need to be 2 mph over the speed limit to get caught: False, kind of
A driver can receive speeding tickets as soon as they go over the limit as given on the road, even if they exceed it by merely 1 mph. The NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) implied officers do not wish to prosecute drivers until they have exceeded the limit by 2mph.
The spokesman for Brake revealed: “It is important to note this guidance is not legally entrenched, and that officers have the discretion to act outside it – drivers should be aware that this guidance also does not mean that they can break the speed limit legally.”
Slowing down then speeding up again on approach to the camera means you won’t get caught: Depends entirely on the camera.
“The operation of average speed cameras prevents dangerous driving in this manner, and provides a strong deterrent to drivers who may not be detected by fixed cameras,” according to the spokesman for Brake.
He advised: “Breaking the speed limit is incredibly dangerous, and drivers should ensure that they stick to speed limits, and drive to the conditions of the road, at all times.”
See how average speed cameras work.
Speeding past the camera means it won’t catch you: False
No one should believe this, the moment you go over the limit within the camera’s sights your vehicle could easily be captured on the camera. The one way you can save yourself a whopping fine is sticking to the speed limit as given.
Speed cameras are only legal when painted yellow: False
The government recently revealed plans for all cameras in England to be coloured yellow, but if you’re caught on any camera before this happens the offence is still valid and you could be fined.
Most speed cameras don’t actually work, which is why so many people decide to ignore them: False
The spokesman from Brake said: “Average speed cameras are an effective way to prevent dangerous driver behaviour. They are particularly beneficial as they enforce limits over a longer stretch of road, preventing law-breaking drivers from being able to speed up again immediately after passing a camera.”
You must be informed by a certain date of being fined for it to be valid: True
Brake stated any driver captured by a speed camera rather than being informed by a police officer must be sent Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) within 14 days of the offense taking place. This notice must be sent to the owner of the vehicle.
You can request a speed awareness course: False
If you are eligible for a course you will receive a notice by the Police. If an offer isn’t received, you’ll have no offer to take on a course and have to face prosecution.
You can do a speed awareness course more than once: Sometimes true
Drivers captured for a second offence may be eligible to retake a speed awareness course. However, this all depends on how severe their offence is. There must be a gap of at least 3 years between their last speeding course and another, as stated by guidelines.
If you get a speed awareness course, you don’t have to declare it on your insurance: False
The spokesman for Brake said: “Drivers who fail to reveal that they have undertaken a speed awareness course, who then later make a claim to their insurance provider, may find that their policy is invalid. Information on whether a driver has taken a speed awareness course is held by local police forces.”
You can even get caught on a bicycle or horse: False
“Whilst it is unlikely that a cyclist, or other road user on non-motorised transport, would be able to reach the necessary speeds to be above the limit, the law holds that legislation around speed limits covers only motor or mechanically propelled vehicles,” stated Brake.
“However, it is important that cyclists, like all road users, follow the laws of the road and travel safely and responsibly for conditions.”
Speed cameras are just there to make money: False
The spokesman for Brake said: “Speed cameras exist to save lives, and protect road users. Breaking the speed limit, or travelling too fast for conditions, is a contributory factor in more than one in four crashes in the UK, and at higher speeds, crashes are far more likely to be fatal.
“Evidence shows that speed cameras provide a vital deterrent to dangerous and selfish drivers, although it is important that they are accompanied by sufficient levels of police on our roads to act as a visual deterrent.”
The key thing to remember is that these cameras are there to make sure everyone on the road stays safe sticking to the required speed limit. The best thing to do is stick to the required speed limit throughout your journey (camera or no camera) which means you won’t be fined at all and you’re keeping other lives as well as your own safe on the road.