New Speed Cameras Can Spot Drivers Using Phones, Smoking Or Eating

We've got three exciting words for you - new speed cameras.

And these aren't your average speed cameras. As well as picking up how fast you're going, they can also detect whether you're on your phone or wearing a seat belt. They can even see if you're eating, drinking or smoking at the wheel.

So they're not so much speed cameras as 'speed belt baguette ciggy cappuccino cameras'.

The cameras operate using LED infrared technology and are positioned in pairs, with at least 200 metres between each. By detecting number plates, the cameras are able to average out the speed of a vehicle between the two cameras, and if this is above the limit a fine can be administered. As such, the cameras make the old slow right down at the last minute technique redundant.

The infrared technology also means they are unaffected by dark or gloomy weather.

The new speed cameras capture much more than just your speed. Credit: SWNS
The new speed cameras capture much more than just your speed. Credit: SWNS

Police have warned the improved accuracy of speed detection equipment could mean the law is applied more rigidly, with drivers not allowed the usual degree of leeway, the Daily Mail reports.

But while these extra powerful cameras will detect the filling in your pastry, you might not even notice them at all.

Unlike the unmissable big yellow boxes we have come accustomed to, these cameras are much more subtle, so you'll have to keep your eyes pealed.

The cameras have already started to crop up in Plymouth, according to Devon Live, and more are expected to spread across the country.

But don't worry, just because Big Brother knows what you drink when you drive, doesn't mean he's going to do anything about it; unless of course you drink Scotch when you drive.

Indeed, it is not illegal to eat, drink or smoke while driving. However, if you get distracted by the sheer deliciousness of your vegan sausage roll, police could prosecute you for careless driving, according to RAC.

As such, the cameras could assist police in administering a £100 on the spot fine for careless driving, if they show you to be munching away on a lasagne behind the wheel... seriously, someone did that.

The same goes for smoking and drinking and driving - it could get you in bother if found to be a distraction.

So if you want the eyes in the skies to think you're a responsible little driver, keep your hands on the wheel and your food, drink and cigs in your mouth.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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