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    Can someone help me out on this one...driving down the motorway yesterday there was 1 set of signs above the lanes saying '50mph obstruction ahead' traffic was flowing as normal just rush hour traffic so everyone was doing at least 70mph i was doing 80. A little further ahead a policecar was sat ontop of a bridge with a tripod and what looked like a black camer ontop of it. Policeman was nowhere near the camera but stood at the side of his car. Is this a speed camera or an anpr camera that just catches tax and reg plates. Just after the bridge that he was on another set of signs on the motorway said 'End' so there was no obstruction in the way. Very confused as if it was a speed camera surely he would of had to catch every other motorist on the motorway.
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    (Original post by sarahj99)
    Can someone help me out on this one...driving down the motorway yesterday there was 1 set of signs above the lanes saying '50mph obstruction ahead' traffic was flowing as normal just rush hour traffic so everyone was doing at least 70mph i was doing 80. A little further ahead a policecar was sat ontop of a bridge with a tripod and what looked like a black camer ontop of it. Policeman was nowhere near the camera but stood at the side of his car. Is this a speed camera or an anpr camera that just catches tax and reg plates. Just after the bridge that he was on another set of signs on the motorway said 'End' so there was no obstruction in the way. Very confused as if it was a speed camera surely he would of had to catch every other motorist on the motorway.
    Did the signs say 50mph and were orange led type ones? Or where they the variable speed limit type signs (looks just like a normal speed limit sign on a digital display).

    Those mobile cameras police can just set up at the side of the road are usually ANPR to catch tax/insurance dodgers etc. Although I have heard that these CAN be multi-use and record speed... BUT... I've also heard that I don't think they can use this to send a ticket in the post, but can use it to chase after you!

    (what I just said may or may not be true... :rolleyes:)
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    It was a solid orange 50mph obstruction sign above all 3 lanes it wasnt flashing but the traffic was all flowing at 70mph. I vaguley remember the camera being like a long black tube shape on a tripod. But not sure how it could pick up peoples speed if theres so much traffic on the motorway at rush hour or wether it was just one of those anpr ones
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    The police car was facing sideways so he was parked on the curb of the bride as i passed under it

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