Archive for May 11th, 2008

May 11th, 2008

Fair or Foul?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Speed Sign 

This sign is guaranteed to strike fear, loathing or even possibly caution into most drivers on the UK road system at the moment.

Some police forces are getting ever more devious in their attempts to catch speeding motorists. We’ve all seen speed detector vans parked at the side of the roads, usually they are in sections of road which have signs displaying the presence of speed cameras. If you see a stretch of road with these signs & don’t see any fixed cameras, it’s probably because they use detector vans in that area.

Derbyshire Police have been using this van for speed detection work:

Speed Van 

They appear to have their very on version of a makeover show because the van appears to have ended up like this:

Disguised Speed Van? Disguised Speed Van?

You might not be able to make it out at this scale but the index numbers are the same, the ‘workman’s van’ appears to have a towbar added. It’s even got authentic rubbish piled up on the dashboard.

Derbyshire police denied the van’s dramatic makeover was a disguise to snare unwary road users.

In North Wales they’re using a horsebox from which to catch speeding drivers:

Horsebox Speed Detector 

You can see video footage of the horsebox in action below.

So, what do we have here, a useful tool in the battle to reduce road fatalities & improve road safety or a cynical ploy to catch more speeding motorists & increase revenue?

I’m not sure, to be honest; part of me thinks that if you’re out there & breaking the law, then you can’t complain if you get caught, but then part of me thinks that if we’re going to prosecute motorists we should do it fairly, openly & without recourse to devious tricks to ‘out-whit’ the motorist. 

What do you think?

If you’re interested in further reading the ACPO Code of Practice for Operational Use of Road Policing Enforcement Technology can be found >> here << (it’s a 110 page PDF file!)