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Speed cameras are a touchy subject. Although many car enthusiasts - myself included - see them as the spawn of Satan, anyone who's been a victim of a road traffic accident involving excessive speed will probably welcome any measure that reduces such incidents.

The problem is that speed cameras, or safety cameras to give them their official name, make a great deal of money, and it's therefore very easy for the cynical among us to ascertain that financial profit is the real reason for their existence.

This theory is compounded by the fact that cameras are often located on long, straight stretches of road, with good visibility and multiple lanes, while twisty, off camber roads with hairpin bends rarely have a single camera in sight.

Regardless of what your opinion on the subject of speed cameras is, one thing remains constant - if you get caught by one, you're looking at a fine, points on your driving license and probably a hefty increase to your insurance premium.

Now before the self righteous masses bang on about how anyone speeding deserves what they get, let's remember that these camas are black and white - so whether someone is blatantly flouting the speed limit, or whether they have just strayed over a little, the result is often the same.

A couple of years back a friend's wife was flashed by a camera, having strayed slightly over the speed limit - she was bringing her daughter home from school at the time, and is in no way a speed fiend.

The ever increasing proliferation of speed cameras has resulted in the ever increasing number of products that warn drivers about them. While these units started off as very basic affairs with a few LEDs and rudimentary beeps to warn drivers of upcoming cameras, they have now evolved into fully featured devices with full colour screens and voice alerts.

Interestingly these detectors are illegal in certain European countries, but luckily the fact that "safety cameras" are supposed to be located at accident black spots in the UK, the argument for their use is that the driver is being warned about an upcoming dangerous stretch of road, rather than an upcoming money making camera.

I've been using a speed camera detector of one type or another for several years, and the biggest drawback is that it's a pain keeping your device up to date. Basically, new speed camera locations appear every day, so to keep your detector up to date, you'll need to download the latest data every day. This means taking the unit out of your car, connecting it to your PC, downloading the latest camera database and then returning it to your car.

Speaking from personal experience, one of two situations generally occur - you either don't end up updating your camera detector for weeks on end because it's too much hassle, or you end up doing the update and then forgetting to put it back in the car the next day, leaving you completely unprotected. That problem however, is now, officially a thing of the past, thanks to the new Road Angel Professional Connected.

Hamish Campbell

September 6, 2008, 12:38 pm

errr... you mean if you're a driver who regularly breaks the law, and wishes to keep you license, then you should get one of these.


September 7, 2008, 4:45 pm


"If you're a keen driver and wish to keep your license, don't speed in the first place!


September 9, 2008, 5:21 am

Personally I believe in driving safely, and I don't feel that instituting speed cameras as a means of revenue generation is promoting safer driving.

I have never had a single point on my license or a speeding fine, and I was driving long before the introduction of speed cameras or detectors. However, as I wrote in my review, a friend's wife picked up three points and a fine for straying, literally a few mph over the limit while driving her daughter home from school, and she is in no way a speed demon, or menace to other motorists.

The point is, so called "safety cameras" are not there to create a safer environment, they are placed at locations that will generate the most revenue. Try driving around North Wales, where the roads can be very treacherous, especially if speeding and you won't find a camera anywhere in sight. But find a wide, flat, straight, multi-lane dual carriageway and they'll be everywhere.

I live in a small village where myself and the other residents have actually requested the installation of speed cameras, since drivers speed past schools and nurseries and through the village centre, but to no avail. So in a residential village, where children are playing in parks and on greens there are no cameras, but a few miles away on a motorway, there are dozens.

Add to that the fact that many cameras are positioned exactly at the point where the speed limit changes, and are often obscured or hidden (despite legislation saying that this should not be the case) and it's obvious that money making is the key here.

Interestingly, Swindon council recently decided to cease support of speed cameras, since it felt that they did not reduce accidents and instead just generated revenue for central government.

It's very easy to say that anyone who strays above a speed limit is breaking the law and should be prosecuted, but then being drunk and disorderly is also breaking the law, but you don't see the police locking up everyone who rolls out of a pub on a Saturday night. The difference being that motorists are easier targets, and with a camera triggering an automatic fine and points, the police don't have to lift a finger. Arresting and prosucuting people for drunkedness, vandalism and anti-social behavior on the other hand, involves actually doing something, which is why most Friday and Saturday nights, the last place you want to be is in a town centre.


September 15, 2008, 3:20 pm

I have had mine a couple of weeks. This is an excellent device and works exactly as described on the Road Angel site. It's very useful to see what speed you're doing. My own sports car overstates speed by around 10% but the speedometer in my wife's runabout is pretty accurate. Not cheap and doesn't do satnav, but I don't need or want that anyway. The automatic updates through the SIM card work fine so it's not neccesary to carry it indoors and connect it to a PC for updates.

steven 3

September 16, 2008, 4:05 pm

Its not about whether its right to speed or not. Either through guilt or innocence once you have 6 or 9 points on your licence you are not intentionally speeding though fear of loosing your licence and job....and this device is excellent and helping to remind you to check you speed regularly and at dangerous road junctions or straights where cameras have been installed.

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