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    Just wondering if anyone could possibly enlighten me about speed cameras.. In particular mobile speed cameras.

    I was on my way home and was heading down a road that I know well (it's literally 30 seconds from my house) when I spotted a speed camera van.. Not so strange in itself as it's quite common for these vans to be sitting around there..

    I was behind a few cars doing about 25mph (couldn't go much faster even if I wanted to as the cars in front were doing this speed) and planned on popping my cruise control on at 30mph.. Which I normally do when going past speed cameras to make sure I don't creep over the limit!

    I was heading towards the speed camera van, which was on my side of the road facing the same direction (so the back was facing me.. With a door open so that I could see the guy in the back of the van), but I also noticed a box on the other side of the road, about 20 yards closer to me than the van. This was just set on the floor.. Not on a tripod like the mobile miniGatso cameras. As I got to about 10 yards away from the box it flashed (and a VERY bright flash directly in my face.. as it turns out, there were 4 flash bulbs in the box!).

    When I went past the van, the guy in the back of the van was sat fiddling with something behind the closed door, but I couldn't see any speed gun pointing at me from the open door.

    I know this is a bit of a long story.. And nothing can change the outcome of what may be.. But anyone have any theory on why I got flashed seeing as I was doing below the speed limit? I just can't be bothered with getting a NIP letter in the post because I've been angry enough about getting flashed at, let alone prosecuted for doing absolutely nothing wrong! Gaaargh.. I just want to know that nothing is coming my way, because the police won't believe me.. A 22 year old lad.. When I tell them I was doing UNDER the speed limit! God forbid that someone my age has a respectable job and car and doesn't drive like an idiot everywhere..

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    Sure it wasn't a car going the other way? Cameras that flash towards you shouldn't be taking a photo of you if the light is visible. Can drive past Gatso cameras that are facing towards you at just over the limit and make them flash but they're taking a photo of the other side of the road and you won't be done for it (most of the time, I'm sure someone has).

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    No cars were going the other way as I went past.. That's the only reason that I'm fretting about this more than I know I should be! Guess I it can do nothing but sit under the letterbox for the next 2 weeks and wait and see if anything comes through anyway haha

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    Was it definately a speed camera? We had a tax van near us today & they had a camera.

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    99% sure it was a speed camera van as they normally sit along that road, and it was marked up with the normal speed camera paraphernalia.. So it didn't look like any ANPR van I've ever seen, but I live in hope that that's all it was haha

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    It is very unusual to see a constabulary using an old DS2 or Speedmaster mobile
    http://www.ukspeedtraps.co.uk/speed02.htm
    The equipment contains three parts

    On the ground wires (encased in rubber hoses) can temporary be laid across the ground
    Alternatively, inductions loops laid in the road can be connected to

    There is then a capture and recording device

    Finally, is the camera and flash

    The DVLA use ANPR cameras
    There are two types, the older one has two digital cameras, the latest version uses a single Spike ANPR camera; no flash is involved

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