# Often asked: How Do Motorway Average Speed Cameras Work?

## Is there any tolerance on average speed cameras?

While all cameras have a tolerance limit to account for accuracy – whether that’s the speedometer of your car or the camera itself – the fact of the matter is if you’re even 1mph over the limit technically you’re breaking the law and have no grounds to complain. It’s best not to chance it.

## How do Specs average speed cameras work?

Each SPECS camera continuously captures images of vehicles as they pass through the field of view. The number plates are read using ANPR and, when the same vehicle is recorded by any other camera connected to the system, the average speed of the vehicle is calculated over the known baseline distance.

## Can you get caught by one average speed camera?

It’s an average of your speed between two points, and on longer stretches can have multiple cameras averaged out together. So despite slamming on the brakes for the cameras, speeding up during that journey will still catch you out.

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## What happens if you speed through average speed cameras?

If you have passed an average speed camera, you will have been recorded by it. Only by ensuring that your average speed is below the legal limit can you ensure that a prosecution notice won’t land on your doormat.

## Are you allowed 10 over the speed limit?

Perhaps you’ve heard that myth that it’s fine to drive 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Unfortunately, this rule of thumb is just that: a myth. A police officer will pull you over for speeding that looks unsafe to those around you. And, it’s very easy for ten MPH over to look unsafe to those around.

## How fast do you need to go to beat a speed camera?

The speed needed to render your plate invisible to the camera is 119 million miles per hour. Phys.org helpfully explains that this is one-sixth the speed of light.

## Are motorway speed cameras always on?

What has not been given too much publicity is that the speed cameras on smart motorways are switched on all the time and that these cameras do not just operate to enforce speed limits below 70 miles an hour they also operate to enforce speed limits of 70 miles and over, even when there are no messages on the overhead

## How long do speeding tickets take to arrive?

Ideally, your speeding fine, after you’ve been detected by a camera for example, should arrive within 14 days, but there are plenty of anecdotal tales out there of people waiting for months.

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## Do police use hand held speed cameras?

A number of Police forces are currently trialling the LTI 20/20 TruCam II Speed Enforcement Laser with Video, a new handheld speed guns that can identify a vehicle make, model and read a number plate from distances of up to 750 metres in daylight and at night. Officers now, do not even have to stop you to issue a fine.

## Do motorway speed cameras flash?

Cameras can still catch you travelling over the national speed limit even when a variable limit isn’t in place. Do smart motorway speed cameras flash? Smart motorway cameras do not use a visible flash.

## How many points do you get for speeding?

Most speeding offences result in the driver receiving 3-6 points and depends on where the offence occurred, how fast you are travelling and your previous record.

## Do average speed cameras work in dark?

Average speed cameras have infra-red so they work at night and in any weather as well.

## Does a speed camera flash always mean a ticket?

“If you’ve been flashed, it doesn’t mean that you’ll get a ticket.” True. Seeing the dreaded flash doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be seeing a notice of intended prosecution on your door mat. It’s widely believed that only one in four speed camera ‘flashes’ actually results in a prosecution notice.