Fishing for fines - police to deploy networks of speed cameras

Back to the drawing board, kids. Throw out the well-thumbed book of excuses that have got you off the hook in the past. After successful trials in London, police are looking to roll out networks of speed cameras that'll monitor the average speed of drivers over greater distances.

Aside from using digital cameras (no film to process, so they'll be watching all the time), the new Specs3 clusters will cover entry and exit points on roads, so you can't even take an alternative route to put the lead foot down.

According to the The Times, a net of up to 50 cameras can be thrown across 15 miles, automatically reading numberplates and transmitting data instantly to a penalty processing centre. Expect the fines to start hitting doormats next Summer.

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