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Speedtraps and the motorist.
For motorists one of the hot debates in recent times
has been the use of speedtraps by the police and other authorities to
try to reduce the amount of accidents on our roads. Figures and statistics
abound relating to the subject and opinions are divided as to whether
these cameras are used to reduce accidents in accident blackspots or whether
they are really there to collect revenue as a sort of stealth tax designed
to persecute the average motorist. One thing that has been shown is that
these speedtraps are not just located in accident blackspots but are also
located in areas which are more likely to catch out an unwary motorist
going about his business, possibly on a relatively safe dual carriageway
or other open road.
The powers that be have shown figures that do imply that these speedtraps have reduced accidents and deaths on our roads and so the use and proliferation of the speedtraps is justified. The Conservative party have recently issued a statement to suggest that they would review the amount of speedtraps on our roads with a view to reducing them. Would the nationwide accident rate go up or would the British economy thrive because businessmen aren't impeded by constantly watching their speedometer in obviously safe driving conditions. The debate will continue, but in amongst the statistics are some amazing facts. In the past couple of years tests have shown that on average, users of speedtrap detection equipment are 24% less likely to have an accident and that their average mileage between accidents is vastly increased over non users of detectors.
The speedtraps can include various devices but the majority
can be divided into 2 main categories, static and mobile.
To combat these speedtraps a number of devices are available
for use in the car, one of the most popular is the Road Angel Laser Alert.
This consists of a GPS device which is in constant communication with
satellites to ascertain its position on the Earth, it carries a
database of the static speedtraps in its electronic brain which
will issue a warning if you come within range of a static speedtrap by
flashing the screen bright red and giving an audible beep. The Road Angel
can also warn you not only of speedtrap sites but also true accident blackspots,
this feature is particularly useful when travelling in an unfamiliar area.
(It begs the question why a Blackspot warning device of their own hasn’t
been brought out by the police or the government.)
You can get further advice and information about the
Road Angel from
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