New traffic cameras do the rounds

2016-01-28 06:00
Pictured is the new traffic Icam.         Photo: WERNER HILLS

Pictured is the new traffic Icam. Photo: WERNER HILLS

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THEY look like innocent grey boxes sitting on the side of the road. But moto-rists be warned: inside is a new, clever speed camera.

Grey boxes with a little window have in recent weeks been spotted alongside Da Gama Road in Jeffreys Bay. This has given rise to much speculation on whether or not these are new traffic cameras – and then these cameras disappeared as quickly as they appeared.

The boxes are in fact new Icam traffic ca-meras – smart cameras which are moveable as well.

According to Kouga Municipality spokesperson Laura-Leigh Randall, an Icam traffic camera will be placed in Da Gama Road as per the instruction of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), as well as along the R102 and N2.

“The Icam will only be used for speed monitoring,” says Randall.

According to the website of Traffic Management Technologies (TMT), the new service provider, the portable Icam, which the company designed and weighs a mere 2 kg, has multi-purpose roles.

The device also uses Itrack for stolen vehicles or vehicles with unpaid fines that are on the special interest screening list and alerts traffic officers of the approaching vehicle. Apart from speed checking, it can also capture red light violations.

The device furthermore interfaces with hand-held electronic ticket-issuing devices and allows for the issuing of a ticket by a traffic officer on site.

According to Randall, the cameras will be used to improve traffic policing in the interest of all road-users’ safety. “It also helps with the monitoring of traffic and the collection of statistics on speeding infringements for reporting and planning purposes,” says Randall.

“The cameras are operated by trained traffic officers with operating certificates under supervision of a traffic supervisor. The service provider is responsible for the maintenance of the Icams.”

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