Scotland, United Kingdom: Camera vans detecting more offences

10 Jan

LXinfoImage1075-Camera vansBritish Transport Police photo-enforcement vans are detecting more red light offences than was the case in 2012 when the first photo-enforcement vehicle was introduced. In the first eleven months of 2013, 293 motorists were captured on film running red lights at level crossings across Scotland. This compares with the 144 detected in 2012 as a whole which in turn was four-times the figure for 2010.

The introduction of the first photo-enforcement vehicle, funded by Network Rail accounts for the increase to 2012. With a second photo-enforcement vehicle following in 2013 it is likely that 2014 will see a further increase in detected red light offences.

In addition to the photo-enforcement vehicles, Network Rail is funding the installation of further fixed-installation red light cameras which will further increase the detection rate.

The red light camera initiative is to be commended, however, it is important to consider whether the red light violations were accidental rather than intentional. This is important because where it accidental there is a particular need to consider the whether the level crossing itself is a trap. This analysis should inform consideration of grade-separation as the longer-term solution and enhancement in the shorter term.

One Response to “Scotland, United Kingdom: Camera vans detecting more offences”

  1. Andrew Fraser January 10, 2014 at 18:55 #

    A ray of hope, perhaps? At least it seems to have dawned on BTP (who, in my exeperience have taken a more intelligent interest than others I could name) that a proportion of the “violations” which are “detected” by automatic cameras are “accidental”. In fact, the proportion (in my experience) may be quite large. It certainly is important to find out whether the level crossing is a trap. “Enhancement” is certainly necessary, but it may not be necessary to grade separate. What is necessary is to gain an understanding of what road users’ difficulties are at certain Scottish level crossings (e.g. Cornton No. 1) and to act on that. (Professor Watt’s study of that particualr crossing may be helpful, as may be the work currently being carried out at TRL, on intelligent road studs.)
    What would restore some credibility to the “justice” system, of course, would be the identification of those already unfairly treated by the red light camera systems, and their compensation for the insult and injury they have sustained. There’s no excuse, as I’ve been complaining about Cornton since 2001.

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