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Monday, 1 November 2010

New test equipment enhances police traffic surveillance

Police surveillance of seatbelt compliance and speeding is getting a boost thanks to the development of new test equipment by Finnish researchers. Developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the equipment also measures distance between vehicles, road surface condition and calculates traffic emissions.

The test equipment, which is based on automatic camera surveillance and wireless network connection, is part of an EU project aimed at improving traffic safety and reducing accidents caused by traffic rule violations. The equipment is handily located on a mobile trailer unit. The police are thus able to monitor traffic and impose penalties for violations more comprehensively and fairly. The monitoring information is gathered into a common database available to the police, road operators and environmental authorities. A pilot system has been launched in Tampere enabling the police to test the equipment, along with three other sites located in Germany, France and Austria..

Any step that improves road safety and reduces road deaths has to be a good thing.

Read more:New test equipment enhances police traffic surveillance (Science Daily)

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