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    Default M1 (Watford to Milton Keynes) users beware !!!!!

    This is an extract from a Hertfordshire County Council leaflet.

    M1 users – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!!!

    Hertfordshire Safety Camera Partnership is warning drivers not to speed through the forthcoming roadworks on the M1 – as they will be caught.

    Hertfordshire Highways and the Safety Camera Partnership are liaising with the Highways Agency to ensure that disruption to road users is kept to an absolute minimum. However, people should take extra care and allow extra time for their journeys while the roadworks are ongoing.

    The widening of the M1 between junctions 10 (Luton) and 6A (M25) is due to start on March 21, and the speed limit will be reduced to 40mph. The 40 mph limit will be enforced by a time over distance (SPECS) system, and anyone travelling over the limit will be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

    SPECS uses cameras mounted on overhead gantries to measure the time it takes for cars to travel between two gantries a certain distance apart. Speeds are calculated from this and if they are too high, the vehicle’s details are processed and a ticket generated.

    The cameras will be used to keep traffic moving through the roadworks and to protect the workforce and motorists.

    “This is the first time SPECS has been used in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, but it has been used to protect workforces with great success in other parts of the country,” said County Councillor Stuart Pile, Executive Member for Transportation and Environment.

    “The speed limits are in place to protect everyone while this vital work is carried out and the cameras are there to ensure people stick to them.”

    The speed limits and the cameras will be clearly signposted and the gantries will be moved within the roadworks as they progress. The works are due to be completed in December 2008.
    Further information will be available soon on the safety camera pages of Herts Direct www.hertsdirect.org/safetycameras

    ……not that any of us on 'Vectra-C.com' need a warning!
    Doug

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    thanks for the infor Doug, i did this run only yesterday up to MK Stadium.

    i don't really mind the "speed over distance cameras", you just flick the cruise control on and away you go, they're generally successful at keep the traffic flowing.

    plus...with the narrow lanes they have over the areas of road works it's crazy to think that you could speed down there.

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    Having "non-standard" (illegal?) number plate lettering layout might be a help here!....baffling the "Hertfordshire Safety Camera Partnership's" computer!
    Possibly.
    Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmha0
    i don't really mind the "speed over distance cameras", you just flick the cruise control on and away you go, they're generally successful at keep the traffic flowing.

    plus...with the narrow lanes they have over the areas of road works it's crazy to think that you could speed down there.
    Ditto. With roadworks I just do the same, flick it on CC and sit it out.

    Good to know though Doug, just in case anyone is tempted to speed up between cameras as the SPECs would get them.

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    Another one for the cruise control, Doug.

    They are nice little earners these cameras arn't they.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug-SRidirect
    Having "non-standard" (illegal?) number plate lettering layout might be a help here!....baffling the "Hertfordshire Safety Camera Partnership's" computer!
    Possibly.
    Doug
    doesn't work doug. when i had my mis-spaced plates on i got a ticket for going into a bus lane (didn't even know i had done so).

    must be clever equipment, or are the bus lane cameras manned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCOTTEX
    Another one for the cruise control, Doug.

    They are nice little earners these cameras arn't they.
    I think in these cases the specs cameras are completely justified. I know if I was working on the motorway, I wouldn't want some as53 speeding past my backside at over 50mph.

    We've just had these cameras on a stretch of the M62, and they were very successful. It certainly made me stick to 50mph that's for sure.

    Where I don't think they are justified is on a nice clear open stretch of dual carriageway.

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    To add to this, anyone travelling on the M11 between Stansted and Duxford (Jct 8-10) there are 40MPH SPEC cameras, these are due to be in place until the end of May. I think they are then just going to move them up to cover the next bit to be resurfaced.

    Again cruise control to the rescue for me.

    Cheers

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    Yes, it'll be cruise control for me from Monday up the M1, but I'm sure (as usual) I'll end up with some psycho in a wagon six inches from my back bumper!!!
    Knights of the road?
    Mostly!
    Doug
    (obviously I'm not refering to anyone on this site.....it's the foreign registered artics that are the offenders!!!)
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