Monday 27 May 2019

Watch: 'How many lanes are monitored and is there somebody in there?' - Inside a speed camera van

In camera: A mobile speed van monitors the passing traffic
In camera: A mobile speed van monitors the passing traffic
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

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.

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