Saturday, October 10, 2015

Speed detection cameras the better option

Recently I came across an article in the Express on the use of speed detection radar guns as a measure to curb speeding on the roads and highways of T&T. I commend the honourable minister for pursuing this initiative.

However, I am of the opinion that the minister has been ill-advised, and as such should consider other options currently available before authorising the purchase of these radar guns.

The use of radar guns as a deterrent for exceeding speed limits is now becoming obsolete, the technology currently in use in the United Kingdom and Europe is the “speed detection camera’’ and has been so for a number of years.

I would like the minister to consider the following advantages of employing speed detection cameras on our roads and highways.

• Uninterrupted surveillance 24 hours a day, every day, in all kinds of weather;

• They do not require human assistance to operate as they are sensor-controlled. This will allow the police to pursue other crime-fighting activities.

Get your technocrats to do some research on the use of speed detection cameras as an alternative to the radar guns.

Kenrick Alexander

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