New camera to 'shape' motorists' behaviour

New camera to 'shape' motorists' behaviour
Average Speed Camera on trial at Changi Coast Road a few years ago.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

A new speed camera system will be introduced in the first quarter of next year along the new Tanah Merah Coast Road with the hope of "shaping" motorists' road behaviour and making them more conscious of speed limits.

Called the Average Speed Camera (ASC), it calculates a vehicle's average speed by tracking it on radar when it enters a monitoring zone which can range from 100m to 5km.

The technology used in the ASC can distinguish between a lorry and sedan car based on its radar signature.

It can also tell if the vehicle has been travelling over its assigned speed limit.

Traffic Police gave information about the initiative yesterday, along with the annual traffic situation update for last year.

The ASC, which was on trial for a few months in 2014, will eventually be deployed at danger zones and areas deemed accident prone due to speeding.

The entry into an ASC zone will be marked with bright signs, road markings and stripes.

The Straits Times understands that there are no plans to deploy more ASCs until the completion of studies into identifying potential deployment sites. - THE STRAITS TIMES

This article by The Straits Times was published in The New Paper, a free newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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