Motorway Cameras Can Target Tailgating Drivers

Whilst many drivers may be unaware of them, cameras on the nation’s motorways are actually capable of targeting tailgating drivers…

Cameras Can Catch Tailgating Drivers 

We all know about Britain’s extensive network of speed cameras, capable of catching out motorists who ignore the speed limit. Few of us, however, are aware of the modern cameras being rolled out on motorways that are capable of targeting tailgating drivers. Tailgating is a question of driving too closely to the vehicle in front; which can be intimidating and incredibly dangerous.

Last year, Highways England (now National Highways) trialled the new camera system and caught 26,000 tailgating motorists in just two months. For perspective, that’s an average of 419 drivers ignoring the two-second minimum gap rule a day. In this instance, offenders weren’t prosecuted. Instead, they were sent warning letters highlighting the risks of the dangerous practice. Typically, drivers would face fines of £100 and be given three penalty points.

‘Encourage Better Driving’ 

Jeremy Philips, Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, commented on the technology. He said, “these new cameras have, sadly, highlighted just how many people are driving too close on our roads”, he added”. He continued, “we understand that most tailgating is unintentional by drivers who are simply unaware they are dangerously invading someone else’s space. But not leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front can be very frightening and intimidating; it could also prove fatal”.

A survey conducted by Highways England discovered that 25% of drivers are prepared to admit to having tailgated someone. A similar survey, conducted by road charity Brake, found that 95% of drivers are sometimes worried about people driving too closely to them.

Simon Williams, RAC road safety spokesman, welcomed the new camera system. He said, “this technology has the potential to change that – if rolled out widely, the cameras could dramatically increase the chances of catching drivers who put themselves and others in serious danger by tailgating, which could help make our roads safer”.

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