Friday, 16 November 2018

Police have a new camera which can spot drivers using mobile phones or speeding nearly a mile away

Police have unveiled their new weapon – a camera that can produce clear images of people inside a car almost a mile away

The massive camera dubbed 'The Long Ranger' has been showcased at the launch of a pilot project called Operation Indemnis.

Police in Gloucester are using the camera to tackle various motoring offences including speeding, tailgating and using a mobile phone while driving. 

Previous Speed guns have been able to detect how fast cars travel but the new camera produces clear video footage and still photographs of the people inside them. 

Martin Surl, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire where the kit is being tested, said he hoped that it would catch people using their mobile phones.

What is the law on using a mobile phone while driving? 

  •  It’s illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. Access must be hands free. 
    • 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held 
    • You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.
  • The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead.
    • You can get 3 penalty points 
  • You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times.
    • You can get 3 penalty points


Officers will use the long-distance camera and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to check on what vehicles are on the roads and how they are being driven.

If the pilot is successful, it could be applied to any road in the county.

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