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LARSOA reports: Forward-facing speed cameras

1 June 2006

Forward-facing speed cameras could be used in a bid to prevent guilty drivers from blaming others for offences.

The cameras will take a photo of the driver's face, making it difficult for drivers to evade penalties by saying they were not behind the wheel.

Some drivers, who are close to losing their licences, have exploited the legal loophole by 'transferring' penalty points to relatives or friends. 10 of these cameras have been trialled in Essex for the past two years.

"The cameras have proved successful in some cases, but we shall wait until the end of this financial year before producing results and deciding how successful the trials have been," a spokeswoman for the Essex Safety Camera Partnership said.