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Double-flash !!! :(

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Jakamoko, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Jakamoko
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    Hey Guys,

    Not often I start a post with my head down, but I think I might have experienced a "double-flash" driving home tonight, as I passed one of the speed cameras I pass twice a day, every day for the last three years :(

    I'm not sure it was me saying "cheese", as there were other cars in both directions closer than I was (I was going towards it), and as soon as I realised, I checked the speedo at approx 35mph (sec or so after). Also, it was a sunny evening, and it may have been no more than reflection from another windscreen (twice, in quick succession - sure, Gav :rolleyes: )

    Anyhoo - my question is, how long after you get flashed do you receive the notification through the post ? My licence is clean, so no great worry there, but I could do without the bloody fine !!!! :oops:
     
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  2. tripwire45
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    You say you were going around 35 mph a second or so after you think you were photographed. What was the speed limit on that stretch of road?

    At least in my little corner of the U.S., no one can catch you speeding via automation. Law enforcement usually has to be following you and clocking your speed or a cop with a radar gun gets you.

    I've gotten conservative in my old age and only speed about 5 mph over the limit (10 occasionally) and that's below the level of speeding most police officers care about.

    A few years back, I was picking my daughter up from the airport late at night. I'd missed my freeway exit and had to exit up one further. I was tired and just wanted to get home. About the time my daughter noticed I was speeding and suggested I slow down, I saw the flashing lights in my rear view mirror.

    Amazingly, my (true) sob story of just wanting to get my daughter home because it was late and she was really tired worked and he let me go without ticketing me. The fine wouldn't have been so bad but the missus would have killed me. :blink :biggrin
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Gav,

    Bad luck mate. Never know it might not be you! As far as I am aware, they take a few weeks...

    Si
     
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    This will be changing soon Trip, there are several states that are doing this in the bigger citites and for some reason I am wanting to think nashvill even has a few but I'm not sure? Where is Mike, he would know.

    Any who, Gav, I hope you didn't get your pic took. That would really suck since you have a clean record. :cry: I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya.
     
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  5. farmer

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    the quick answer is 14 days, but was the camera in front or behind you because as far as i know
    the ones that flash can only take you from the rear
     
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    Oooo'er Missus! :twisted:

    Still i don't think ya got anything to worry about, it wasn't you if you were going towards it (normally the lines are only on oneside of the road, the side the cameras on) And even so, sometimes when it flashes it still dose'nt take a pic (if its a Gatso one they dont all have film in them and the digital ones dont flash). So you may have gotten away with it.
    Plus if seen people doing 15mph above the limit and the camera never flashed!
     
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    I'd also say that from my knowledge, the camera would 'flash your rear' :biggrin If you were going towards it then you should be fine, was there cars in front of you on the other side of the camera?

    Also if there were camera's in both directions, it may of been a car coming the other way, in which case you would see the flash?
     
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    Can be upto four weeks, if you've been done twice thats 6 points mate just dont get done twice again whilst you have those 3 points or you may loose you licence.

    The points last 3 years, you can pay to have them removed of your license after that time but its pointless because it'll be removed of the database anyway it'll just show on your counterpart document forever like it will on mine.

    I have 3 points but were removed from the database 2 years ago but still show on my counterpart cos I am not paying another 87 quid just for them to tipex it out.
     
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    depends on what sort camera it is, there are cameras now which monitor your average speed and when you get to the final one (can be before if you going way too fast)if your average speed goes past whatever the set average is then you get done.
     
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  11. nXPLOSi

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    Average speed checkers are only really on motorways, and im guessing that this wasn't a motorway? I could be wrong.

    Also, being flashed twise is the norm as far as I remember, it doesnt mean you've been done twise for the same speeding offence...
     
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  12. Jakamoko
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    Thanks for all the great replies, Guys. The camera was facing me, and there were cars on the other side of the road and in front of me. I believe from having seen it in the past, that it does get manually loaded and emptied (eg, I think it's a film as opposed to digital) camera. There are lines on the side of the road I was on, but who knows - I'll still be keeping my fingers crossed :)
     
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    Lets hope it had no film in it (yes they still flash even with no film)
     
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    Nope... none in Nashville.
     
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    usually you find both sides of the road marked even though only one side is covered by the camera, next time you go past the camera try and see if its angled slightly towards the side of the road it covers, they usually are.
     
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    You haven't driven in Nottingham then! They're all around the ring road and on the main drag out to the M1 where the speed limit is only 30 mph!

    Jakamoko: I'd have a look see tomorrow on your way to work and see which direction the camera is pointing, and then just keep your fingers crossed for the next couple of weeks.
     
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  17. DarBroLtd

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    I got done a few months back. It was one of those big yellow boxes and it took me from behind. Was doing 57 in a 40 zone. Was lucky not to go to court. From personal experience on other cameras it would appeear that thay are set to trigger if you are more than 7miles over the disignated speed limit.

    I don't know that for a fact though. They are nothing more than money earners. We have one road on our area that no less than 6 cams in the space of 2 miles in the same direction. Now seriously, how is that serving the public safety??
     
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    Bog standard Gatsos - ones that flash with rectangle view finder - have lines on both sides of the road in order to capture someone speeding on the WRONG side of the road! Whether that be for overtaking or just being a smart arse, it still takes pics of speeders that are going AWAY from it - not towards. If the lines are on one side of the road then one could simply move onto the wrong side of the road to evade detection - not anymore cos both sides of the road have lines!

    Hope that clears things up!

    The ones to watch out for are the ones with the round lens that have a tink of pink to the lens! Those bastards get you when coming towards, and going away from! They have apecial flash that isn't visable...that's why they can get you when going towards them...so they don't blind u with the flash!
     
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  19. Jakamoko
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    You Guys rock !! Paul, and those since - yeah, the camera is pointed slightly to the side of the road it's on (not the side I was on), and had a square lens. I guestimate that max I was doing 38mph in 30 - I deff never tipped 40.

    I'll sit tight (and drive slow !!) and hope it comes to naught. Will let you know tho :thumbleft
     
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    38 in a 30 zone? Unless police are more anal retentive in the UK than in the US or unless it was a school, construction, or other special speed zone, I think you're ok.
     
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