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Could anti-braking speed cameras come to the UK?

Successful trials have resulted in greater roll-out to catch drivers switching between their heavy left and right feet

Published: 22 Sep 2023

New anti-braking speed detection cameras - which record if drivers brake harshly right before the camera or accelerate quickly afterwards - have been successfully trialled in Spain, with some warning these devices could soon head to the UK.

There isn’t any super interesting tech innovation to it. Basically, there are mobile radars either side of the fixed speed camera.

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One radar sits before the fixed speed camera in order to detect drivers slamming on the brakes, while the second mobile radar - located sometimes over a kilometre after the speed camera - picks up those drivers who speed up again once they've passed.

Gary Digva, founder of Road Angel said: “If introduced, these devices will catch and penalise more speeding motorists, encouraging more drivers to stick to legal limits and improve road safety. One in four fatal collisions occur due to speeding on UK roads, [meaning] over 2,500 people are seriously injured every year due to excessive speeds.

“These shocking statistics alone should encourage motorists to think twice before speeding, yet it’s safe to say that the new technology will penalise even more motorists who are driving in excess of the legal limit, therefore helping to keep UK roads safer for all users.

“By capturing drivers who slam on the brakes before passing the fixed speed camera, as well as using technology to apprehend motorists who speed up again after the camera, the new radar devices will be able to penalise many more motorists than current systems.”

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