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    • rebecca91
    • By rebecca91 19th Jun 17, 11:31 AM
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    Got flashed on the Bristol motorway :(
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:31 AM
    Got flashed on the Bristol motorway :( 19th Jun 17 at 11:31 AM
    Hi all,

    I did it. I finally after years of driving didnt pay attention and got flashed by a variable speed cam -.-

    Was 50 for a while, then dropped to 40, however I didn't notice this until I was nearly under it.
    I was going around 48 i'd say. But it flashed, 100% flashed me.

    Buuut....Ive waited 2 weeks now (17 days infact) and had nothing through?

    Car is registered at the address, nothing out of the normal here.
    Do they sometimes flash and not give out a ticket then?

    I dont want to say 'I got away with it' because it was silly of me to have sped through, it happened and I have to face upto that, but interested if they always ticket when flash?

    Regards,


    Also a little site note, have owned the car for years
    Last edited by rebecca91; 19-06-2017 at 11:39 AM. Reason: (Update time i've owned car)
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    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 19th Jun 17, 11:37 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:37 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:37 AM
    They have 14 days to serve a nip of the registered keeper.

    If you've owned the car for some time then it looks like you've been lucky.
    • rebecca91
    • By rebecca91 19th Jun 17, 11:54 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:54 AM
    Thanks Thats good to know. A rough 2 weeks waiting! So suppose the flash in itself was a good deterrent!

    I honestly would have thought every flash on a variable is an automatic ticket for you. Weird they dont always give them
    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 19th Jun 17, 11:55 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:55 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:55 AM
    I think this set of variable speed cameras are nothing short of fraudulent to be honest. The gaps and the way they are up and then up / drop the speed in the space of such short distance is just nothing short of a money making scheme.


    I have been flashed twice in exactly the same way as you.


    What I can confirm is that they are swift with their letter sending and requesting the fine !.


    I have a variety of cars and have been caught twice in the same car !.
    • caprikid1
    • By caprikid1 19th Jun 17, 11:57 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:57 AM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 11:57 AM
    BTW , you are almost guaranteed to get done !! 2 flashes 2 fines
    • rebecca91
    • By rebecca91 19th Jun 17, 12:00 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:00 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:00 PM
    Weird! Its been 17 days so I assume maybe they got the car next to me and not me?
    If they dont send out a fine (Or havnt I should say) then its a really odd one!

    Friends have been told they got flashed here and got a letter within 3 days.

    Maybe I was just lucky, there was spray on the road so hopefully it just didnt get a picture
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 19th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
    BTW , you are almost guaranteed to get done !! 2 flashes 2 fines
    Originally posted by caprikid1
    Well that's not true.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 19th Jun 17, 12:22 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:22 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:22 PM
    I understand that on that section (and possibly all managed motorways), if you are caught within one minute of the speed being reduced, they do not prosecute unless you were over the prosecution threshold for the previous limit. I can't remember where I read that, but if it had recently changed you could have been lucky.

    I drive that area every day and quite often approaching the interchange from the south on the M5 it drops from 60 down to 40 approaching the A38 turning, I've seen the signs flicker and change there several times as the evening rush starts to build.
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    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 19th Jun 17, 12:26 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:26 PM
    Got flashed on the Bristol motorway :(
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    • 19th Jun 17, 12:26 PM
    I thought you were going to tell us about a flasher in a mac showing you his bits.

    That reminds me of the time I was driving home late one evening in the dark with my wife.

    We were about a mile from home, driving along a 40mph single carriageway when I saw two men up ahead. One was stark naked, with a full on erection, masturbating himself in the middle of the road.

    I had to swerve slightly to avoid hitting him.

    'Did you see that' I said to my wife, unsure that my eyes were not playing tricks.

    'Yes, I did' she said.

    I suppose he was either high on something, mentally ill or some sort of thrill seeker.

    The other man was clothed and at the side of the road.
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    • elverson
    • By elverson 19th Jun 17, 12:56 PM
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    If your speedo said 48mph your actual speed is a bit lower, and you could have been within the margin of error for the 40mph limit.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/advice/the-truth-about-speeding-fines/
    • rebecca91
    • By rebecca91 19th Jun 17, 1:17 PM
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    That still wouldnt take into account why I got flashed though I feel?
    Thanks for replies so far all
    • unholyangel
    • By unholyangel 19th Jun 17, 2:12 PM
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    That still wouldnt take into account why I got flashed though I feel?
    Thanks for replies so far all
    Originally posted by rebecca91
    Do you happen to know if it was one of the newer digital cameras or the older ones?

    There was a camera at a underpass in edinburgh that used to catch so many people, it would run out of film. It would still flash though.

    https://www.speedcamerasuk.com/gatso.htm

    That page mentions it happening for the older cameras only so perhaps that might explain it?
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    • rebecca91
    • By rebecca91 19th Jun 17, 2:47 PM
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    I must confess i'd have no idea. I do know its one of the ones that has been in the news a lot that does catch so many out!
    http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/you-been-caught-m5-speed-62166
    • consumers_revenge
    • By consumers_revenge 19th Jun 17, 3:02 PM
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    From speedcamerasuk


    Answer: We have spoken to Surrey Police and they have confirmed that there is a 1 minute delay tolerance when the variable speed limit changes. Of course this is just Surrey Police's procedure for variable speed cameras and may differ from Police force to Police force.
    • Mercdriver
    • By Mercdriver 19th Jun 17, 5:43 PM
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    Do you happen to know if it was one of the newer digital cameras or the older ones?

    There was a camera at a underpass in edinburgh that used to catch so many people, it would run out of film. It would still flash though.

    https://www.speedcamerasuk.com/gatso.htm

    That page mentions it happening for the older cameras only so perhaps that might explain it?
    Originally posted by unholyangel
    It's a newer type - HADECS2 I believe, so completely digital. Be aware that these cameras are always active even if there is no reduced limit.
    • rebecca91
    • By rebecca91 17th Aug 17, 3:54 PM
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    Hi All, just an update. Nothing ever happened. Nothing in the post ect. Lucky
    • Muscle750
    • By Muscle750 17th Aug 17, 6:43 PM
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    You say you got deffo flashed however the street lights can give that impression down on those cameras at night, fingers crossed i think your ok.
    • Muscle750
    • By Muscle750 17th Aug 17, 6:45 PM
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    True it what is said about them always been active on the M4/M5 interchange wether the varible speed limit is enforce or not i gather
    • owen_money
    • By owen_money 17th Aug 17, 9:34 PM
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    I got flashed on the M4 near Bristol.................Dirty girl
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