Watch: 'How many lanes are monitored and is there somebody in there?' - Inside a speed camera van
One very popular stand at the Ploughing this week is the Road Safety Authority's display, where they had a poignant display of every person who has died in a road traffic accident this year to remind visitors of the real people behind road traffic accidents.
The RSA also has a speed camera on display, giving visitors to the Ploughing the opportunity to see exactly what's inside those vans. And there is a man (or woman) inside - it's not just a camera!
Key speed van information
- Staff at the RSA stand confirmed that the 50 plus speed vans are manned on the inside
- Most parked up for between 30 minutes and two hours.
- They also confirmed that while the speed vans only detect speeding in cameras at the back of the vans, the cameras can detect if a vehicle comes from either side at excessive speed.
- The vans can also work at nighttime - and just because you didn't see a flash does not mean you were not caught!
- The cameras have an infrared beam that is able to detect speed and read the number plate of a vehicle.
- Staff at the stand also confirmed that the cameras can now detect speeding across five lanes,
- They can even detect speeding vehicles on the other side of a dual carriageway.
So far this year 188 people lost their lives on Irish roads and the RSA has been highlighting the danger of speed to Ploughing visitors.