Beware the N3 ‘average speed monitoring system’

2010-01-25 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is making it impossible for motorists to disregard the rules of the roads with its “average speed monitoring” system, which serves to control the traffic flow and monitor motorists travelling on national roads.

The system has been operating discreetly for the past two years between the Nottingham Road Interchange and the Balgowan Interchange, and is apparently the only one of its kind in the country.

According to the service provider; Mikros Traffic Monitoring KZN, the system is designed to enforce the rules of the roads.

The project was strategically located between the Nottingham Road and Balgowan Interchanges as a result of it being considered as one of the more treacherous parts of the N3.

The director of the company, Mike Hellens, said the system is an advanced version of the speed cameras that were already located at these interchanges.

“At these two interchanges there are static speed cameras, but the motorists have become used to them, so whenever they approach them they slow down and as soon as they pass them they accelerate again.”

Hellens said the average speed monitoring system tracks vehicles throughout that stretch of the N3.

“Unlike static speed cameras, which only record speeding vehicles at a point, this system monitors and records all vehicles that pass through the interchanges and this information is communicated in real time via the Internet to our offices.”

The system has been designed to integrate with all key national databases, said software engineer Aaron Moodley.

“These include the National Traffic Information System (eNatis), the South African Police circulation database, as well as the outstanding warrants and false plates databases maintained by the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department’s traffic camera office.

“Within seconds of a vehicle passing through the camera site, all information pertaining to a vehicle is retrieved and transferred to a traffic officer’s laptop for manual enforcement.

“The system helps officers easily identify stolen, unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles.

“It also checks for motorists with outstanding warrants of arrest and unpaid traffic fines.”

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