Speeding is a problem that has plagued Canadian roads practically since cars were invented. While posted speed limits strive to enforce an average speed for drivers, there's always someone who decides to go 80 in a 40-kilometre zone, risking disaster if something goes wrong.
As a response to the growing concern of speeding and lack of ability for police to be everywhere at once, Canadian provinces are starting to look towards technology as a solution - specifically average-speed cameras.
If you're wondering how an average-speed camera works, it's actually really simple. The cameras are positioned in a similar way that red light cameras are, but instead of one, there are two that are separated by a few kilometres.
From there, the cameras measure a driver's speed over those several kilometres in order to determine if they are speeding or not. Since it doesn't just track a single moment of your car's speed like a photo radar would, it's going to make it extremely hard for drivers to outsmart the technology.
The camera will be calculating your average speed by the total travel distance added by the total time travelling. So, the old "brake until you pass the camera then speed back up" method will be practically useless in concealing your speeding. It doesn't matter how fast you were going by the first or second camera at all, but rather the average speed between those cameras.
Average speed cameras aren't a new concept - countries such as Scotland have been using the technology since 2005. But, in Canada's case, the idea is foreign territory. Talks have only just begun about bringing them to Canadian roads, specifically to Alberta.
While the cameras may be considered bothersome to some drivers, the results of such cameras in other parts of the world have proven how effective they really are. It takes some time for drivers to get used to the cameras - but, when people start getting tickets in the mail, it serves as a good lesson for drivers to smarten up and slow down.
Considering the concept will have to pass through legislature in order to be implemented, we probably won't be seeing any average-speed cameras in the immediate future. Though, considering how attractive the technology has become, you can definitely expect to start seeing them at some point in the next few years.
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