Police Force Super Camera Catches 1,200 Motoring Offenders In A Month

Wed 12th Dec 2018

A new high-definition speed camera has raked in almost £250,000 for a police force in less than a month after being trialled through November.

The camera, dubbed ‘The Long Ranger’ can catch offenders from twice the normal distance and could be used to catch unsuspecting mobile phone users, speeders and many other offenders from distances of more than a mile away.

Trialled by Gloucestershire Police on one of the region’s busiest roads, the A417, the new camera has formed part of Operation Indemnis, with the aim of educating drivers one of the country’s most congested roads, with an estimated 35,000 vehicles a day.

Already the operation has caught approximately 1,293 speeders, including one offender who was travelling at 126mph in a 70mph zone.

The range of offences caught on ‘The Long Ranger’ vary from tailgating, number plate offences, seatbelt offences and even one ammunition and offensive weapon seizure.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said: “This is not about bashing the motorist.

“I'm just as pleased to see police were there to help drivers in trouble as well as being able to challenge those breaking the law.

“Many people have come to me with their concerns about speeding and other safety issues along this road.

“This is a new model of collaborative roads policing which, if it proves a success, can be put into practice elsewhere.”

If the pilot with the long-range camera is deemed a success by the Gloucestershire Police Force then it is expected that ‘Long Rangers’ will be used in other areas of the country.


Offences caught by the Long Ranger last month

Drivers given education/warnings/advice: 52

Tailgating: 5

Number plate offence: 19

Seatbelt offence: 7

Positive Breath Tests: 1

Positive Drugs Wipe: 1

Vehicles seized (No Insurance): 6

Vehicles seized (No Tax): 6

Traffic Offence Reports: 7

Suspected Insurance offences (pending): 2  

Ammunition and offensive weapon seizure: 1