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Tailgaters caught out from half a mile away by new long-range speed camera

Drivers who get too close to the vehicle in front of them could be caught out by Britains biggest speed came..

By admin , in England , at December 13, 2018

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Drivers who get too close to the vehicle in front of them could be caught out by Britains biggest speed camera which is able snare tailgaters from half a mile away.

Police have released footage from The Long Ranger to highlight how easy it is to spot a reckless driver among the traffic.

A Ford Transit van driver was caught tailgating a smaller Nissan in front of them on the A417 in Gloucestershire where the camera is being trialled.

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Tailgating, meaning a driver is not keeping a safe distance between their vehicle and the one in front, could result in drivers getting a £100 fine and three penalty points on their driving licence.

If a serious collision happens as a result of tailgating, it could even result in a driving ban or prison sentence.

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If you are being tailgated dont be tempted to drive under the speed limit to teach them a lesson, and never repeatedly touch your breaks, it will only increase the risk of a collision.

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Just stick to the speed limit and let them pass when it is safe to do so.

Its not just tailgating that the new piece of tech is picking up on, the speed camera caught over 1,200 people speeding in its first month of use.

Video footage showing a white Ford Transit van tailgating a car on A417 which has been released by Gloucestershire Police as it bids to deter dangerous driving. See SWNS story SWBRlong; Gloucestershire police publish first footage from Britain's biggest ever speed camera which can see a kilometre away. The operation is centred on the A417/419, a major strategic route carrying up to 35,000 vehicles a day which links Gloucestershire with neighbouring Wiltshire and is a pathway between the M4 and M5 motorways. It also has one of the worst accident records

Tailgating is illegal and could end in a serious accident (Picture: SWNS)

FILE PHOTO PC Sean Graham with the new long-range camera at the A417. See SWNS story SWBRlong; Gloucestershire police publish first footage from Britain's biggest ever speed camera which can see a kilometre away. The operation is centred on the A417/419, a major strategic route carrying up to 35,000 vehicles a day which links Gloucestershire with

Police are using this camera, dubbed The Long Ranger to catch drivers out from up to half a mile away (Picture: Gloucestershirelive / SWNS)

Police say it could have generated around £250,000 in fines.

Other offences recorded using the camera include using a mobile phone behind the wheel, vehicle plate offences and people not wearing a seat belt.

The Long Ranger may be on trial in Gloucestershire, but police say it could be moved around to catch offenders on any road in the country.

They say that as well as enforcement, the camera has also helped them to find stricken drivers.

Officers have assisted 10 drivers who broke down and another 10 who needed help in the last month.

To avoid tailgating and have a reminder of the safe stopping distances for driving, please check the RAC website here.

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