Smart speed cameras trap hundreds on M25

PUBLISHED: 10:05 15 January 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 15 January 2015

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Since their introduction near Sevenoaks, the cameras have resulted in almost 700 speeders being caught

Hundreds of drivers on the M25 near Sevenoaks have been caught by so-called ‘smart’ speed cameras since their introduction.

The cameras - which have been in use for the past two months - have caught 700 drivers speeding. They are called smart cameras because unlike traditional speed cameras, the gantry devices use digital technology. This allows them to scan four separate lanes at the same time - traditional cameras can only be trained on one lane at a time.

The new style cameras - known as Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System, or HADSEC3 - are also able to take shots of the front, and rear of the vehicle. This gives them the capability of verifying a vehicle’s speed.

Since the cameras introduction on the M25 between junctions five and six, they have caught almost 700 drivers. Police recorded 668 speeding offences in just over two months. Of that figure 520 of them were caught breaking the 70 mph speed limit, while the remaining 148 were exceeding variable speed limits on the stretch.

A Highways Agency spokesperson said: “Variable speed limits on smart motorways are primarily there to smooth traffic flow, reduce congestion and make journeys more reliable.

“Hundreds of thousands of motorists use this stretch of the M25 every day. The vast majority are sticking to the speed limits and are experiencing better journeys as a result of smart motorways.

“There are clear signs where cameras are in place and the new cameras are more visible than the previous versions.”

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