Speed cops gone to the dumps?

Discussion in 'The Sump' started by lIghty, 25 Mar 2009.

  1. lIghty

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    Check this out! What next? :whistling:

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    that is when you walk over and wheel the bin away ;)
     
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    What next? Where is this by the way?
     
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    not sure Meks

    But just knock it over when you drive past!
     
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    Sure thing man :p
     
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    I'm pretty sure that the wind created by his car will send it flying, i'm pretty sure the camera wont even see that car, it will only be a blur:razz:
     
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    Had this in Empangeni and Richards Bay for the last couple of years- Nothing new, they even put it in the blue rubbish bins in the main roads
     
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    That was old Hennie:policeman:, that oke:gun_bandana:
     
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    They are just out to get money, not trying to get the guys to slow dawn. I see the are using camouflage nets again.
     
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    You are 100% correct Shaun. That is indeed illegal. IF I would get a speeding ticket for that camera, I would DEFINITELY CONTEST it.
    There are MAJOR rules and regulations, that the speedcop fraternity MUST uphold. ie. The person who have setup the camera MUST be certified to use the camera..... they MUST have a valid calibration certificate... the device (radar/laser/camera, whatever) MUST be calibrated every month.

    The camera MUST be on a certified tripod. Otherwise, the slightest movement can mean that the laser/radar device can show VERY unlikely speeds....... etc...

    There are a lot of technicalities that MUST be adhered to.....

    And, unfortunately, many of the camera/laser/radar operators are not really qualified to use the thing...
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    I want to get a copy of the TCSP, does anybody know were we can get a copy?
     
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    also saw that on cart Blanche...also want to get one...im not going to pay one more fine without asking if they camera is calibrated :biggrin:
     
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    OK - every month for calibration was not correct, from my side. Sorry ;)

    It's every SIX MONTHS....
     
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    mmm that's convenient.Just imagine if you get caught at 5.5 months.I wonder how inaccurate it would be
     
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    FYI

    3. GUIDELINES FOR PROSECUTION WITH REGARD TO SPEED
    MEASUREMENTS BY LASER EQUIPMENT

    1. Preparations
    Prior to the machine being used for speed measurement, the following checks must be carried out and recorded.

    1.1
    A scope alignment test, vertical and horizontal, as detailed in the operator's manual.

    1.2
    A fixed distance and zero velocity test

    * The distance must be at least 100 metres and it must be a surveyed distance.

    * The distance error must not be more than + 0,2 metres.

    * No speed-reading must be displayed when taking a measurement of a stationary object.

    1.3
    If any of the tests prove inaccurate the instrument must not be used.

    1.4
    A copy of:

    * A valid calibration certificate;

    * The type approval certificate to SABS 1795 - 1; (applicable to equipment acquired after 31 July 1998) and

    * The operator's certificate must be available at the site at all times.


    2. Site selection
    When selecting a site for a speed measurement exercise the following must be adhered to:

    2.1
    The operator must have a clear uninterrupted view of the road and the vehicle measured for the duration of the measurement.

    2.2
    Identify a target suitable for scope alignment testing 200 metres away from the equipment.

    2.3
    A suitable distance marker must be selected to indicate the boundary of the measurement area. This distance shall not exceed 400 metres and need not be measured with a tape measure, but may be paced out or measured with the distance display feature of the laser. This is important as a positive vehicle identification must be made.

    2.4
    Ensure that the instrument's tripod is standing on a firm and stable surface.


    3. Setting up the device

    3.1
    The SME shall at all times whilst being operated be mounted on a tripod on a firm and stable surface and not mounted in or on a vehicle.

    3.2
    Ensure that all digits on the display are functional.


    4. Operation
    The following must be adhered to whilst operating the equipment.

    4.1
    Verify correct operation using the self-test function.

    4.2
    Perform the scope alignment test, vertical and horizontal, before commencing with the speed measuring shift.

    4.3
    The tests in paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 must be repeated every hour. Record the results.

    4.4
    For approaching vehicles, readings must be taken by aiming at the vehicle's registration plate or the area between the head lamps (or if it is a motorcycle, its headlamp), ensuring that no panning takes place.

    4.5
    For receding vehicles, readings must be taken by aiming at the vehicle's registration plate or the area between the vehicle's rear lamps.

    4.6
    Ensure that you have:

    * a clear and uninterrupted view of the whole vehicle measured, and

    * that no measurement is locked beyond 400 metres.

    4.7
    When viewed from the SME there must be a clear, visible separation between the vehicle target and any other visible vehicle.

    4.8
    The driver shall be afforded the opportunity to view the speed reading when stopped.

     
  20. Shaun

    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Ok, just spoken to a guy that closed Verulum Traffic office down, a couple of years ago. The fine you get in the post is just a letter to the officer of the court, instructing him to send you a summons, so if you don't get a summons their is no need to pay the fine.

    And the guy that give you a fine must be not only a traffic officer but my also be a regestered peace officer.
     
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