AVERAGE speed cameras are becoming increasingly popular for catching drivers who are speeding without giving them a chance to quickly apply the brakes before a flash.
Our overview below shows everything you need to know about average speed cameras now in use on over 250 miles of UK roads.
What are average speed cameras?
Average speed cameras check your speed between two points on a road using automatic number plate recognition.
You use automatic number plate recognition
The cameras are known as SPECS and were introduced in the UK in 1999.
A set of small cameras – painted yellow – are positioned on an extended lamppost, followed by another set somewhere between 200m and 10km down the road.
And they can appear on expressways, highways, during construction work or minor roads.
If that speed exceeds the limit, you’ll be fined £100 and three penalty points – even if you’re slowing down where you pass the camera.
The cover of darkness doesn’t give you carte blanche to speed through those freeway construction sites—even when nobody’s working and the road is clear.
Average speed cameras have infrared, so they work at night and in any weather.
SPECS takes its name from Speed Check Services Limited, the manufacturer of the cameras.
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Can I change lanes to avoid a fine?
No. While previous systems may have been fooled this way, setups now use two sets of cameras at each point so they can track all lanes to compare data.
If you move back and forth between lanes at high speed, you will not avoid a fine and will likely cause an accident.
Are average speed cameras always on?
Many permanently installed cameras are switched off or have no cinematic significance. Seeing lightning doesn’t always get you a fine and points.
But average speed checks are much more punitive, as the all-digital system doesn’t run out of film and automatic fines can be fired as long as they’re installed.
How much is the fine?
It is a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) from a €100 penalty and three points on their license.
Riders can avoid the points and opt for a Speed Awareness Course.
As long as your average speed is below the legal limit, accidentally driving 60 mph in 50 mph won’t net you a fine – as long as you’ve made up for it by driving the same distance at 40 mph.
You might also think that you can speed on a highway construction site as you exit an intersection or stop at a gas station during the average speed check.
But be careful, the first and last cameras are not always paired, so you never know at which point your average speed will be measured.
Will I be fired if I’m within the 10 percent rule?
A tolerance is built into all systems to allow for the accuracy of speedometers and cameras. So if you’re a few miles above average, you’ll likely avoid a fine.
But the letter of the law says you can be fined if you’re just 1mph over the limit, so you have no reason to complain when a super-accurate camera is snapping you.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/2515662/average-speed-cameras-fines-myths-explained/ Can I change lanes to avoid a fine? – The Irish sun