28/04/2017 14:06:00

The commissioning and final testing of the new equipment at Loose Road in Maidstone, Frindsbury Hill in Medway, and Valley Drive in Gravesend is currently underway.  The commissioning and testing process may cause the units to flash from time to time, however this does not mean that an offence has been recorded.  During the commissioning process images from these three cameras will not be used for anything other than testing the equipment and processes.


Once the new equipment has been commissioned and the testing phase is complete the digital cameras will be fully operational and enforcement will commence again.


The next phase of the digital upgrade project will see a further nine sites upgraded, hopefully by the end of June 2017.  The new equipment reports offences and sends the images directly to Kent Police through a mobile communication link, so offences will be processed much more quickly as there will no longer be wet film to collect and develop before processing can begin.


The new cameras feature a clever “adaptive flash” unit that recognises whether the ambient light is bright enough to capture images of sufficient quality to present as evidence or not.  If there is enough light then they don’t need to flash, so no flash won’t necessarily mean no ticket.


Around two thirds of all crashes in which people are killed or seriously injured happen on roads with a speed limit of 30mph or less, which is why most of our cameras are on roads with low speed limits. 



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