Is big brother watching? Why motorway 'Stealth' cameras NEED to be more visible

Painted in a dreary gray color that matches the side of motorways where they are placed, these stealth cameras have caused much discomfort to those who are passing the many motorways across the United Kingdom. Though they promote safety on the road, the new generation of devices, known as Hadecs3 have caused many complaints after a number of tickets have been made against drivers who were not aware of these speed-testing cameras.

As new technologies emerge that can help congested road flow more evenly, there is also the clamor for the local government to enact laws that are justifiable and easily identifiable. Some motoring organizations are claiming that these “stealth cameras” only helps the government rack up the money that comes from speeding tickets, leading some to protest the very nature of these devices.

Stealth cameras show the real you

These stealth cameras are littered across the motorways from Birmingham to Stafford and while some have contributed greatly to the problematic situation of the traffic, the sheer number of cameras present makes some motorists worried about being exposed. There are automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras that are used to measure the ‘journey-time reliability’ while another type of cameras being used in the motorway is the 190 fixed monitoring cameras that monitors the hard shoulder area of the motorway lanes.

Some cameras are also equipped with pan, tilt and zoom functions to monitor the network and identify issues that might come from roadside accidents. The brand new cameras, aptly named Highway Agency digital enforcement cameras are the ones being used to monitor and enforce the speed limit.

Hidden cameras may rack up the tickets

In the first two months that the stealth cameras were active in the M25 motorway, more than 700 drivers have been summoned with a speeding ticket. The government also plans to expand the presence of the cameras to other major roads. Each camera would need more than £25,000 pounds a year to be managed, and these cameras are not cheap. Each camera can amount to more than £150,000, and the money that will come from these speeding tickets is more than enough to provide more cameras for more roads.

Visible cameras make motorists aware

People are claiming to have these cameras painted in a bright yellow color so that motorists can see if the road is being monitored. Having these cameras painted yellow can signal the motorists to slow down, helping them avoid a massive speeding ticket. The act of slowing down the vehicle can help lessen the accidents that can occur in certain areas of the motorway. While the law is the law, it should be applied consistently within the vicinity of the country. It’s not enough to place a tight grip around the law in one area and be more lax with the rules in another.

More than 95% of drivers admit to breaking the speed limit making everyone a potential victim to these stealth cameras. Drivers should be able to learn how to drive properly way before they are handed out their license.


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