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12 types of speed camera which catch drivers and how they work

We have all seen them, those little yellow boxes on the side of the road catching speeding drivers, and arguably they have a role to play in keeping us safe.

But did you know just how many different speed cameras there are operating on our roads? From average speed cameras to overhead cameras, mobile cameras, speedguns and night cameras, it's easy to get confused. Here is a guide to the most common camera types on our county's roads.

These are the 'classic' standard speed cameras which have been on roads since the 1990s. They are rear facing and capture the car and number plate when driven past fast enough to trigger it.

5. Gatso speed cameras

These are the 'classic' standard speed cameras which have been on roads since the 1990s. They are rear facing and capture the car and number plate when driven past fast enough to trigger it.
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On non-motorways, Average Speed Cameras can be in place permanently. They record how long it takes you to drive between two points, to work out if you were going too fast.

6. Non-motorway average speed cameras

On non-motorways, Average Speed Cameras can be in place permanently. They record how long it takes you to drive between two points, to work out if you were going too fast.
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These are similar to the classic speed camera but they face forwards. These trigger only when drivers speed past them faster than the speed limit for that road.

7. Truvelo forward facing speed cameras

These are similar to the classic speed camera but they face forwards. These trigger only when drivers speed past them faster than the speed limit for that road.
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Police cars can record your speed as they travel behind you. On-board computers and cameras can sit behind you and track your car's position relative to nearby objects like lampposts and work out how fast you're going.

8. Onboard police vehicle cameras

Police cars can record your speed as they travel behind you. On-board computers and cameras can sit behind you and track your car's position relative to nearby objects like lampposts and work out how fast you're going.
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