So it appears that all the hype online recently about new speed camera vans is true….
You might have seen some blurry photos of a new speed camera van, that appears to have been mocked up by someone in 1983 with a film camera and a whole tub of Vaseline on the lense – I digress.
Either way the the van appeared to have moved away from the standard reflective day glow yellow and blue, and instead moved towards a flatter colour. To be honest we thought the look of the van was laughable and brushed it off….Though it would seem we were wrong to do that, because as of approximately 14:00 on 22.03.17 Northumbria Police released the following statement via their facebook page:
These are our new mobile speed camera vans . They’ve been introduced to make them more visible to road users. The vans are there to deter speeding and dangerous driving. We are not trying to catch people out, we’re here to keep people safe.
Northumbria police, are clearly trying to make a statement that this is not about catching and charging people – though in the same breath we doubt, that the public who speed will be being let off with a warning.
You’ll notice that there is no flap on the back doors and so cameras will only be able to shoot from the sides and maybe the front. It could be argued that the extra blue on the side it to help the van merge with the skyline when on a motorway bridge, which is where we would assume vans of this nature would be placed.
It has of course caused another frenzy regarding why non police personnel in these are allowed to be dressed as the police, driving a van which is clearly labelled as “POLICE” and yet not be impersonating a police officer.
We have no doubt this will bring out the age old debate of “don’t speed, don’t worry” and quite frankly disbelieve just about any driver or rider who claims to have never sped. Like a lot of organisations, we believe that roads would be safer when riders and drivers spend more time observing their surroundings and the dangers around them rather than focusing at the Speedo to make sure they haven’t crept upto 33mph in a 30 – especially in the case of riding a motorbike, it is essential we keep our focus on that which is around us!
What are your thoughts? a waste of tax payers money, to help fine the public further or a valuable asset in the fight for road safety?