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Old 31 March 2006, 19:24   #1
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Mobile cameras

In the light of Tim's thread, I thought it might be an idea for folk to mention common places they know of for mobile speed cameras to be active. Wholly in order to ensure as many folk as possible obey the speed limits you understand.

I'll start with a few Scottish ones.

Edinburgh bypass westbound 50mph section. Mobile van frequently on left a few hundred metres before the end roundabout.

Glencoe -> Rannoch moor. Laggangarve -> Glen Etive junction. Car over brow on left (east/south bound) after straight before Etive junction and bridge with arches. Shoots both ways. Fast road.

Glencoe -> Glencoe village. Car in entrance to forestry campsite. Shoots both ways. Fast, straight road.

Bridge of Orchy. Van in layby on straight west of hotel. Looks like a tourist.

A85 east of Crianlarich. Newish section of road by Loch Lubhair. Various hidden places. Particularly active on motorbike days.

A85 same as above. In layby at Loch Dochart next to food van. Easily missed because the layby is busy.

A82 (A85 continuation) west of Crianlarich. Stripes on road for measuring speed. 2 places.

A82 further west on straight about a mile before Tyndrum. Speed stripes on road.
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Old 31 March 2006, 21:24   #2
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And whilst on the subject....

WHY don't people flash their lights to warn other motorists??? I ALWAYS do but nobody else seems to bother!!! Either people are too blind to see the hidden vans or else they are scared in case they are doing something illegal - government conditioning again!!!

South Wales is prob the worst area in the country for camera vans. I know from when I used to drive almost 2,000 miles a week all over the UK.

M4 between Swansea and Newport - in particular bridges near Porthcawl.

Fabian Way- A483

A465 heads of the valleys road near Resolven.

A48 near Carmarthen

Remember most of these sites are shown on the various speed camera databases but of course they are just possible sites - not where the van actually is!!!
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Fully agree

with the flashing light thing… the French are really good for looing out for each other.
I did it the other week to a guy who flashed me back and gave me a “internationally recognized hand signal” hope he got done.

And yes JW know about the one on the 50mph part of the Edinburgh by-pass. The sods got me there. And I spotted the van miles off god only knows the range of the things.
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Road angels work best, was in car once and it beeped 9 times in the space of about 10 minutes along a motorway
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Road angels work best, was in car once and it beeped 9 times in the space of about 10 minutes along a motorway
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Yes but it only tells you where the vans MIGHT be - not where they actually are!!!

And TomTom on an Ipaq or autoroute on a laptop with a speed camera database is even better.
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A database, (tomtom, roadangel, etc,) is as only as good as the peeps who update the database..
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Just Bought a road Angel II, detects Lasers (mobile units) forward facing and rear facing as well as having GPS position for fixed units. Used to have a road Pilot but database was mince, had a bolt on radar detector, but went off at traffic lights crossings etc. Angel is working well so far
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Just Bought a road Angel II, detects Lasers (mobile units) forward facing and rear facing as well as having GPS position for fixed units. Used to have a road Pilot but database was mince, had a bolt on radar detector, but went off at traffic lights crossings etc. Angel is working well so far
By the time you have detected the laser it is already too late. You usually only pick it up when you have been hit!!!
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Well I'm waiting to find this out, I dont really speed as a rule, its just there to watchout if i'm not paying attention momentarily. I'll report as to its effectiveness. Anyway, the speed the camera measures is an average through the pickup range, so if you are fast enough, and its safe to do so, stand on the brakes and it might just work, we'll see, but its got to be better than nowt
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Bigmuz7. where were you when you were shot?
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For God's sake just keep to the speed limit
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When they decide to have a man walking in front of you with a red flag will you just accept that as well???
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As you are a driving instructor could you tell me if it is now the policy to teach people not to indicate right on a roundabout but to indicate left to leave? The reason I ask is nearly everyone seems to be doing it - even traffic cars.

Also there seems to be a massive increase in the number of people who will turn right on a roundabout in the left hand lane.
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For God's sake just keep to the speed limit
wot if they decide to make a 20 knot speed limit in coastal areas, or worse (as they've done at Lake Windermere) ?
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Also there seems to be a massive increase in the number of people who will turn right on a roundabout in the left hand lane.

Yeah - what the f**ks that all about. I know several roundabouts where the lane markings have now been changed so you can turn right in the left lane and can't got straight over in the right lane because there were so many accidents where people in the right lane crossing the roundabout collided with people in the left lane turning right!
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When they decide to have a man walking in front of you with a red flag will you just accept that as well???
have you actually done anything constructive to make your complaints known to your elected representatives... or are you just going to blame blair and the govrnment as usual. i know the rib net membership is diverse but i havent noticed any mp's or councellors amongst us so you wasting your time moaning here...
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When they decide to have a man walking in front of you with a red flag will you just accept that as well???
I will campaign to make sensible laws but until then I accept the law of the land
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As you are a driving instructor could you tell me if it is now the policy to teach people not to indicate right on a roundabout but to indicate left to leave? The reason I ask is nearly everyone seems to be doing it - even traffic cars.
Explain yourself?
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wot if they decide to make a 20 knot speed limit in coastal areas, or worse (as they've done at Lake Windermere) ?
Again, even if it's a bad law campaign to change it but don't think you're above the law
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