BBC Speed Camera Crash Video Uncovered. Finally.

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A British Broadcasting Corporation News broadcast showing speed camera traps causing crashes has now been made public. The April 21 BBC report was meant to highlight government efforts as part of a European “crackdown on speeding” using video excerpts from the Norfolk Speed Camera Partnership. The excerpts unintentionally showcased motorists’ panic when surprised by a “talivan” operating from a freeway overpass. “He jams on his brakes when he sees the speed truck,” BBC News reporter Mike Cartwright said in describing an October 3, 2005 incident. “He smacks into the barrier and amazingly slides in between those two cars there and nobody was hurt — a very lucky escape indeed for all the drivers involved in that.” A second video taken June 18, 2007 shows a vehicle surprised by a speed camera on a wet road. “And the same thing here,” Cartwright said. “The guy jams on his brakes and he goes up the embankment.” Shortly after the news program aired, the BBC removed all copies of the footage from its website. Motorist Keith Jones enlisted the help of the Association of British Drivers to urge the BBC, the Norfolk Speed Camera Partnership and the UK Information Commissioner to release the publicly funded tapes under open records laws. The government authorities refused to do so, citing “technical difficulties.” Speaking of which…

A UK Department for Transport-funded report suggests that the panic braking seen in the Norfolk footage may not be an uncommon response. A study of speed camera usage in 29 highway construction zone projects over 450 miles of road from November 2001 to July 2003 showed that accidents increased by 55 percent in the locations where speed camera vans were used. The DfT unsuccessfully attempted to prevent publication of the report.

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  • JuniorMint JuniorMint on Oct 26, 2008
    Wolven : The only thing psychotic is American morons that are so dumbed down and incompetent that safely driving at 120 mph seems impossible… Wow, is your needless hostility part of your SUPER SAFE driving regimen?!?!? :D I agree that most of our drivers are crap, but next time actually watch the video before you reply to comments. Driving safely at 120 while on a cellphone - the topic of that particular comment, which seems to have escaped you - is unlikely. Regardless of your continent. If you actually believe that...I think we're done here.
  • 2ronnies1cup 2ronnies1cup on Jun 12, 2011

    What I don't understand are the drivers I see almost every day who brake when they see a speed trap even though they are travelling comfortably *under* the posted speed limit. There are no such things as anti-fines, people - they don't send you a cheque in the post if you're clocked going less than the speed limit.

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