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Safety Cameras and Speeding

2019 Disclosures

Are you able to confirm if the Red Light Camera situated on the B3073 Christchurch Road at Parley Cross is a real or "dummy" camera, as there is no information on this camera on your red light camera data document.

 

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Can you let me have the data that was used to justify the installation of the 3 speed cameras on the Horton Road that runs from the roundabout junction with the A31/A338 and just past Three Legged Cross.

Together with details of the number offences recorded for the past 3 years

 

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Could you consider this as an FOI request regarding speeding by drivers where the limit on the road is 20mph?

Specifically, could you please tell me how many drivers were given Notices of Intended Prosecution (NIP) for exceeding a 20mph speed limit in your force area in 2018?

Secondly, could you please provide me with the figures for NIPs in a 20mph area for 2017 in your force area?

 

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  1. How many ANPR cameras does your police force currently operate, either in vehicles or static cameras by the roadside? Please provide a breakdown of the number of static vs in-car ANPR cameras, if possible.
  2. How many ANPR cameras has your police force operated over the last five years (2018-2014)? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.
  3. How many 'hits' have your ANPR cameras generated over the last five years? That is to say, how many times has a vehicle of interest triggered an ANPR alert (for whatever reason) from one of your force's cameras over the last five years? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.

  4. If possible, please tell me the total number of vehicle number plates scanned by your ANPR cameras in the last five years? Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.

 

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Did you record any other apparent infringements of this regulation at this location on 8th November? If so, how many infringements at this location in the 10 months up to 1st November 2018?

8) Were there any other ‘intended prosecutions’ at this location on 08.11.18? If so, how many?

9) Total number of ‘prosecutions’ at this location in 10 months to 01.11.18 east and west bound?

11) The cost of supplying, installing and operating for a year the equipment used on this offence.

 

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  1. The number of drivers caught speeding by volunteers in Dorset, as part of community speedwatch schemes in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  2. The number of different types of speedwatch groups there are (eg school speedwatch/community speedwatch/neighbourhood speedwatch etc), what they are and how many of each there were in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  3. The names of the roads in Dorset where the greatest number of speeding incidents were recorded by speedwatch volunteers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  4. The fastest speeds recorded on the roads identified in (4) in Dorset, and what the legal limits were.

 

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Can you provide me with the statistical results of the mobile speed camera activities, when located in our villages "Winterbourne Abbas and Winterbourne Steepleton", surveying the speed of vehicles on the A35.

I'm not aware of how much information is available but I'm after the following
•           Date and time of Surveillance
•           Location
•           Number of Examined vehicles (i.e. the number of vehicles
•           type of vehicle
•           Number of Vehicles failed (Over speed limit)
•           Level of failure e.g. No. greater than 30, number greater than 40 etc.
•           And by type. e.g. car van lorry etc.

 

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1.       How many traffic collisions were recorded in your territory between January 1st 2018 – January 1st 2019? Could this information be provided in a spreadsheet that shows the number of collisions and which roads they took place on? (eg, 22 collisions on Taylor Road between Jan 1st 2019 and Jan 1st 2019)
2.       How many speed camera fines were issued between January 1st 2018 – January 1st 2019 in your territory? Could you provide this information in a spreadsheet that shows the road where the speed camera is, when they happened, and the amount of paid fines? Could you also include the total amount of money made from speed camera fines. (eg, Taylor Road speed camera, 12 fines issued, 10 paid) 

 

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  1. How many speed cameras does your police force operate? Please differentiate between average speed check cameras and 'standard' fixed cameras.
  2. Does your police force have a universal rule across the constabulary to set activation thresholds for speed cameras (EG 10% +2mph for all cameras)? Please differentiate between average speed check cameras and fixed cameras.
  3. If you do have a universal activation threshold, what is this threshold? Please differentiate between average speed check cameras and standard cameras, and differentiate between different speed limit zones and their respective thresholds, if the threshold formula varies across differing limits.
  4. If your force does not have a universal threshold rule, please give me the highest threshold (EG 15mph over the limit), and the lowest threshold (EG 0mph over the limit), used by cameras in your constabulary, listing the two locations of the cameras to which these thresholds apply. If your force operates average speed check cameras as well as fixed cameras, please give the highest and lowest thresholds for both types of camera, listing their locations.

Clarification on thresholds:

EG if the speed limit is 50mph, the "threshold" at which a camera would be triggered (typically leading to a notice of intended prosecution) might be 55mph, so any vehicle travelling below 55mph would not trigger the camera.

 

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  1. How many fixed automated speed camera housings do you operate?
  2. How many of these use digital cameras and how many are film-based?
  3. Can we have a list of the film-based cameras that will be upgraded to digital and when?
  4. If you have identified sites as not being suitable for upgrade can you provide details including any plans to remove them or leave them in place as a deterrent etc)?
  5. How much has the digitisation process cost so far, and what is the estimated / actual planned budget?
  6. When will your film-based cameras stop being operational?

 

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1.in the year up to and including the 25 2 19 where have Dorset Polices Mobile Spped Camera Vans been deployed

2 . For each of the locations how many activations were recorded?

3. For each of the locations how many fixed penalty notices were issued , and what revenue was raised?

4. What policy determines where the speed camera vans will be deployed?

5. How often has the speed camera van been deployed in the year prior to the 25 2 19 at B3092 Bath Road Sturminster Newton , how many activations have there been and how many fixed penalty notices have been issued?

6.How much fine income has been generated from the location described at 5

 

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We require some information regarding the camera systems/ uses / vehicles used for speed control in Dorset and also where they were placed on a particular day please.

  • The date you are interested in.

6.11.2019

  • The location you are interested in.

Lake Road Poole

  • More detail about what information you are seeking.

where was the speed control van placed and in what direction was it facing.

was the van stationary or moving at the time.

How was the camera operated,

how does the camera select the vehicles

and how was the camera calibrated for vehicles travelling up hill and avoiding the road works which were operational at the time

 

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how many fixed automated speed camera housings you operated before digitisation began? (Ie when they were just film)

Please indicate the year this figure refers to

 

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  • For 2018: The number of motorists caught by police officers or speed cameras exceeding 100mph.
  • For 2018: The number of motorists caught by police officers or speed cameras exceeding 150mph
  • For 2018: The fastest speed recorded
  • For 2017: The number of motorists caught by police officers or speed cameras exceeding 100mph.
  • For 2017: The number of motorists caught by police officers or speed cameras exceeding 150mph.
  • For 2017: The fastest speed recorded

 

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… Winterborne Whitechurch and our adjacent rd.A354 is one that attracts excessive speeding through village
Various measures have been tried that do help but the incidence of reckless driving persists culminating in an horrendous accident last week.
There is naturally concern duly expressed at a Council meeting.
We intend to hold a public meeting with relevant bodies and the MP has been advised.
Our Community Speed Watch have submitted figures for past 6 years and under FOI I would like to access them to give an indication of problem at meeting.
I assume these are retained in a data base and would prove useful.

Clarification:
Yes it is all the information you have been forwarded from Community Speed Watch in the village.
Any formation from your official police Speed Aware van would also be useful.
When taken, traffic flow those caught speeding and the respective numbers in each category-30+,40+ 50+etc.over 6years duration.
The person i/c said she wasn't allowed to retain this formation hence my request as it would help in collating an overall picture.
Further maybe,although this is specific to WW could you offer any other comparisons to similar scenarios.

 

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I now ask you to release to me under the 2000 Freedom of Information Act data on the deployment by the police of mobile speed cameras in the Shaftesbury area in the past five years.

 

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Which three fixed position speed cameras in your area were responsible for (i) the issuing of the most fixed penalty notices to suspected speeders and (ii) were activated the most time by speeding vehicles in the combined three year period of 2016, 2017 and 2018?
Please provide me with the position of each of the three cameras and the number of FPNs issued as a result of it “catching” suspected speeders in that three-year period as well as the number of activations logged at that site.
NOTE: Please include average speed cameras for this analysis where the cameras have remained in the same position.

 

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I have been approached by a family friend who has stated the following...

- Driving into Bournemouth on the A338.
- Forgot about new 50mph (genuine error, clean licence for over three decades).
- Did circa 75mph until past camera two.
- Slowed to 30mph from then onwards (to try and bring average across 3 cameras to 50mph ish).


Is the average calculated across all 3 cameras, or can it be across any two?

 

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1) For the years (i) 2017/18 and (ii) 2018/19 what is the fastest speed you have recorded a vehicle to have travelled on a road monitored by a speed camera? By “speed camera” I mean a fixed or temporary speed camera as well as portable speed cameras operated by officers and in-car cameras that can record the speed of other motorists.

2) What was the make and model of the vehicle and was it a police or civilian vehicle?

3) Where did the incident take place and what was the speed recorded?

4) Was the driver prosecuted? If so what was the penalty imposed? If not please provide a brief summary of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

 

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  1. How many speed and traffic (EG red-light) cameras is your police force responsible for that require calibration? Please specify the number of a) handheld speed b) fixed speed and c) traffic cameras.
  2. How many devices were found to be outside approved tolerances in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 to date? Please break these figures down both on year-by-year basis and, if possible, according to whether the devices found to be outside of tolerance are a) handheld speed b) fixed speed or c) traffic cameras. If you do not have historic data going back this far, please provide me with as much data as you have available.
  3. Please state whether your force has any process in place to either void, or in some other way treat differently, Penalty Charge Notices issued to motorists who were detected breaching traffic laws by devices that were subsequently found to be outside Home Office tolerances. Please also inform me what these processes are, if they exist.
  4. If possible, please inform me how many motorists were detected speeding by devices that were outside tolerance in the years set out above. Please provide a year-by-year breakdown.
  5. Please inform me how many speeding or traffic-offence PCNs were cancelled during the years in question (2014-present) as a result of cameras found to be outside of tolerance. Please provide a year-by-year breakdown of this data, together with a breakdown of whether these cancellations were for speeding or other traffic offences.

 

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I am looking for information on speed limit offences (classification 816) for 2017 and 2018 - with the figures for 2019 to date - for your constabulary.

Specifically, I am seeking a breakdown of the speed travelled at the time of the offence, as well as the speed limit in the area in which the offence took place. This would build on the October 2019 report "Fixed Penalty Notices and other outcomes for motoring offences" which does not contain information on speeds travelled or speed limits where the offence was noted.

Please could you present this information in an Excel document using the following columns:

- Calendar year
- Month of offence
- Police Force Area
- Detection type (camera / non-camera detected)
- The speed travelled at the time of the offence
- The speed limit in the zone the offence took place
- Outcome (retraining, fine, court action etc.)

 

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Please could you advise of the procedure your operative adheres to when setting up a mobile speed camera.

 

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2020 Disclosures

1.       How many motorists have been caught speeding in your force area, broken down by month for 2018 and 2019?
2.       The total amount of money in fines issued to drivers for speeding offences, broken down by month for 2018 and 2019.
3.       What is the top speed someone has been caught driving in a) 20mph, b) 30mph, c) 40mph, d) 50mph, e) 60mph and f) 70mph zone, broken down by year for 2018 and 2019.

 

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  1. How many fixed speed cameras are installed in your force area?
  2. How many fixed speed cameras in your force area are a) permanently turned on, b) permanently turned off and c) temporarily in use.
  3. Is there a speed tolerance on the fixed cameras used in your area, and if so, what is the tolerance? For example, 10% + 2mph.

 

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1. How much money has your force made from safety awareness courses in 2017, 2018 and 2019?
2. How much did it cost your force to run these safety awareness courses in 2017, 2018 and 2019?
3. How many people completed these safety awareness courses in 2017, 2018 and 2019?

Please can the answers refer to the full calendar year (1st January to 31st December).

Just as a side note as some forces have asked for clarification; by safety awareness courses, I mean it as an umbrella term for all driver retraining schemes offered to motorists instead of receiving points and a fine – specifically a safety awareness course that incorporates a National Speed Awareness Course, a What’s Driving Us? Course, or a National Motorway Awareness Course.

 

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The Dorset Road Safety Department have provided the following information:

 During the 2018 and 2019 calendar years, how many temporary fixed position speed cameras were withdrawn from service that were positioned at a site where a temporary speed limit had been introduced because of road maintenance?
(This figure should include all those temporary cameras that were installed and removed during 2018 and 2019 but also those installed prior to the end of 2018 but subsequently removed during 2018 or 2019.) 

 For each of the temporary cameras referred to above please state: 
 a) When was it installed? 
 b) When was it removed? 
 c) Where it was positioned? 
 d) What was the original speed limit on the road? 
 e) What was the temporary speed limit being enforced for the cameras? 
 f) In relation to the temporary speed limit (i) what was the total number of violations of the limit that were detected by the system and (ii) and how many notices of intended prosecution were sent to motorists? 
 g) What was the highest speed or highest average speed recorded at this site and (if known) the make and model of the vehicle involved and the penalty imposed? 

 

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How many drivers were caught exceeding a 30mph limit in your force from 23rd March – 13th April 2019?

 

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I am seeking some information around the new types of fixed speed cameras bring installed in Dorset.

Specifically the camera SWDO052, located on Ringwood road opposite The Range.

  1. What new technology does this new speed camera use?
  1. What are both cameras used for specifically?
  1. Can this camera catch drivers speeding on the other side of the road?
  1. Who makes the camera
  1. What exact speed triggers a fine and or how fast do you have to be going for it to alert you to a speeding driver?
  1. does it catch drivers on their phones?
  1. do you plan to install these new cameras in other parts of Dorset? Do you have a roll out plan to that effect?

 

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Hi, I’m looking to find out information about the new Fixed speed cameras being installed locally. They look very different to the previous ones, and I’m interested in knowing how they work and what they can do.

 

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1) Are these cameras capable of catching you travelling over the speed limit in either direction.

2) Do these contain ANPR capabilities, and will they be used to identify those distracted at the wheel through the use of a mobile phone for instance?

3) Standard Gatso camera's catch you within roughly 25 metres of the camera. There has been some speculation that these new cameras can catch you 15 times this distance. What range does the speed enforcement part of the new camera have?

4) Can these act as average speed cameras? By this I mean: If someone were to drive past camera A and B within the speed limit, but to have reached camera B in a time that would mean on average the individual had been driving at excess speed between to the camera sites, would they be sent an NIP?

 

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Does this device record average speed between devices.

Do these devices have 5G capabilities

Please can you advise on the function of the larger unit, which appears to have two circular lenses and what looks like an led/strobe light below. Does this unit have a camera capable of issuing speeding notices?

Does this unit capture vehicles details that may be exceeding the speed limit in both lanes?

Does this unit have an extended range from the previous camera fitted and if so what is that range?

Do these cameras capture vehicle details in both directions

What is the cost of replacement for one unit to be upgraded

How many units have been upgraded in Dorset

How many of these devices have been installed in new sites

 

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Over the past few days/weeks I have seen new Un-manned speed cameras being erected in place of old ones. Would you be able to tell me the new features and what they could do? Just so I can get a better understanding.

 

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I see there are replacement cameras going up on existing poles/sites in Bournemouth and Poole.

These devices look different to the originals. Is it possible to pass me some information on what these new pieces of equipment do (if any) over and above speed enforcement.

I have tried to look for this information on line but can't seem to find anything. Also your website is very interesting, but a bit out of date?

 

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Please provide the number of offences of speeding vehicles enforced in April 2019 and April 2020.

Please provide separate figures for each of the two periods.

If possible, please provide the maximum speed for each speed limit (20/30/40/50/60 and 70mph).

 

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(First request) How many speeding offences and speed awareness courses have been waived or not pursued from dates 01.10.2018 to 30.4.2019?

(Second Request) How many speeding offences and speed awareness courses have been waived or not pursued from dates 01.10.2019 to 30.4.2020 and if the number is higher than same period previous year is this due to the Covid 19 restrictions that are in place?

 

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1. Can you confirm the difference in the number of speeding fines given out in your county in February 2020 and April 2020

2. Can you confirm the drop in speeding fines revenue in April 2020 compared to February 2020 in your region (i.e. the difference in the amount paid in speeding fines from February 2020 to April 2020)

 

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