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Tuesday December 19, 2006
03:00 AM

Speed camera theory

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We have these mobile speed cameras (basically the standard issue speed camera mounted on a tripod). The cops usually park these cars on the highway, on either the median (the middle) or on the emergency lane (on the right). If a car speeds on the left lane, passing a non-speeding car on the middle lane, and get's it's picture taken, how will that picture show which car is speeding? I would assume that the camera only focusses on the left lane (similarly to the cameras on the right side). So, technically, if you speed on the middle lane, chances of getting an expensive picture of your car taken should be slim..
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  • Depends whether it takes 1 or 2 photos.
    • You mean if there are 2 radio wave transmitters as well?
      • I was just meaning, if there's 2 photos, it's easy to see which of the 2 cars have traveled furthest and therefore is going faster.

        Interesting tip from a colleague with a spouse in the police...
        There's "average speed cameras" on a local stretch of dual-carriageway with roadworks.
        The cameras at the start and end points read your number plate, and if you've traveled an average of over 40mph you get booked.
        Apparently the individual cameras covering the fast/slow lanes aren't linked, so if you switch lanes some