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January 26, 2012
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Video speed gun records drivers, generates tickets

Australia Police are testing a speed gun capable of recording video evidence and generating tickets

By PoliceOne Staff

SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia — Police are testing a speed gun capable of recording video evidence and generating tickets.

The 20/20 TruCam goes beyond the traditional laser gun in that offenders are captured on video, Adelaide Now reported. Police can retrieve high-resolution images that reveal vehicle make and model, license plate information and facial characteristics of drivers.

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The South Australian police has no budget allocation to buy the devices, though it confirmed Wednesday a trial was in progress. Since the machine automatically prints a speeding ticket — and plots GPS location when it does so — officers could avoid paperwork and save time processing offenses.

Bob Such, a politician who contested a speeding fine in the Australian Supreme Court last year, argued the video capabilities would have helped his case.

"The current speed guns are hopelessly out of date and all they provide is a number on the back of the machine, and that's if the officer hasn't deleted it and gone on to the next motorist," Such said. "Video camera devices keep a permanent record which could have been very useful in my case."

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