Police release new footage from super-camera that can catch law-breakers 1km away

Police release new footage from super-camera that can catch law-breakers 1km away
Police release new footage from super-camera that can catch law-breakers 1km away

Videos showing motorists caught in the act of dangerous driving have been released by traffic police after they revealed their new weapon in the fight against crime.

Their latest way of trying to prevent motoring offences such as driving while holding a mobile phone, has seen them using a new long-range camera.

The latest footage released by the force shows a white Ford Transit van driving dangerously close to the car in front – a practice known as tailgating.

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The practice of driving too close to the back of other vehicles is one that the police are trying to stop as Highways England figures have shown that the aggressive habit is responsible for one in eight road casualties.

The vehicles was caught on the the A417 in Gloucestershire by a new camera dubbed “The Long Ranger”.

The camera is powerful and clear enough to be able to spot motoring offences up to 1km away and produce photos clear enough to identify the driver.

PC Sean Graham with the new long-range camera at the A417. Picture: SWNS

It can be moved around to catch offenders in the act on any road.

It comes as the police have released figures showing that the new camera is making an impact.

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In less than a month since it was deployed, well over 1,000 speeding offences have been recorded with the worst offender clocked at 126mph.

Tailgating, use of a mobile phone, vehicle plate offences and failure to use a seatbelt are among the other offences recorded.

But it has not only been about enforcement. Gloucestershire Police have been on hand to give assistance to 10 drivers who broke down and another 10 who needed help

The operation is centred on the A417/419 which carrying up to 35,000 vehicles a day which links Gloucestershire with neighbouring Wiltshire and is a pathway between the M4 and M5 motorways. It also has one of the worst accident records.

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