Police introduce new ‘super camera’ to target in-vehicle driver behaviour
Police are hoping to change driver’s behaviour with the
unveiling of a new ‘super camera’, dubbed ‘The Long Ranger’, that is claimed to
produce clear images of people inside a vehicle almost a mile away.
The camera is being deployed by Gloucestershire Police in
a pilot project called Operation Indemnis, which is taking place on the
A417/419, a major strategic route that links the county with neighbouring
Wiltshire as well as the M4 and M5 motorways. At peak times it can carry an
estimated 50,000 vehicles a day.
Speed guns have been able to detect how fast cars travel
but the new camera produces clear video footage and still photographs of the
people inside them showing what they are doing, such as illegally using a
hand-held mobile phone while driving.
If the pilot is successful, it could be applied to any road
in the county. The project will be evaluated at the end of the year against a
range of measures currently being developed.
Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl
said: “This is one of the county’s busiest roads which also has one of the
worst accident records due to the way it’s used.
“Many people have come to me with their concerns about
speeding and other safety issues along this road. We now have a chance to test
a new model of collaborative road policing which, if it proves a success, can
be put into practice elsewhere.
“The aim is not just
to penalise motorists but to uphold the law by creating a change in people’s
behaviour. But the police will enforce the law when necessary.”