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Not speeding but camera flashed me once

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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SjohnSjohn Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
So I was driving down the A3 (Roehampton area) last night. Speed limit 40mph. I drive down this stretch of road daily. I slowed down as I approached the speed camera. My speedometer read 38 as I went through the camera (so I was probably only actually going 36). Despite this I was flashed by the camera. There was only one flash which I saw in the rear view mirror. Could the camera just be faulty? And why would it only flash once? I know I shouldn’t panic as I was not speeding but still....
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  • Car_54Car_54 Forumite
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    Sjohn wrote: »
    So I was driving down the A3 (Roehampton area) last night. Speed limit 40mph. I drive down this stretch of road daily. I slowed down as I approached the speed camera. My speedometer read 38 as I went through the camera (so I was probably only actually going 36). Despite this I was flashed by the camera. There was only one flash which I saw in the rear view mirror. Could the camera just be faulty? And why would it only flash once? I know I shouldn’t panic as I was not speeding but still....
    Spot the contradiction ...
  • Hermione_GrangerHermione_Granger Forumite
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    Car_54 wrote: »
    Spot the contradiction ...
    What contradiction?

    I drive past 4 cameras on my way to work each day (all of them in a 30 limit) and the amount of people doing well below this speed but still slow down when approaching the cameras baffles me.

    Maybe they don't trust their speedometer accuracy or maybe it's just an instinctive habit but whatever the reason, it still happens.
  • Ant555Ant555 Forumite
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    Car_54 wrote: »
    Spot the contradiction ...

    I pretty much always slow down when going past a known speed camera just to be sure - it doesn't mean I was speeding in the first place.
  • SjohnSjohn Forumite
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    Car_54 wrote: »
    Spot the contradiction ...
    I slowed down from 40 to 38 to be sure. I was not speeding at any point
  • Car_54Car_54 Forumite
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    What contradiction?

    I drive past 4 cameras on my way to work each day (all of them in a 30 limit) and the amount of people doing well below this speed but still slow down when approaching the cameras baffles me.

    Maybe they don't trust their speedometer accuracy or maybe it's just an instinctive habit but whatever the reason, it still happens.


    Could the reason be bad driving?
  • EssexExileEssexExile Forumite
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    Speed cameras flash for all sorts of reasons, it doesn't mean you'll get that little envelope any time soon.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
  • Robin9Robin9 Forumite
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    By the time you slowed down the camera will have seen you - by your own admission you slowed to 38 so were in excess of the speed limit.
    Never pay on an estimated bill
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    Ant555 wrote: »
    I pretty much always slow down when going past a known speed camera just to be sure - it doesn't mean I was speeding in the first place.
    I hope you realise just how annoying this is for drivers behind you.
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    Robin9 wrote: »
    By the time you slowed down the camera will have seen you


    Not if it was a rear-facing camera, which this almost certainly was.
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    Robin9 wrote: »
    By the time you slowed down the camera will have seen you - by your own admission you slowed to 38 so were in excess of the speed limit.
    That was the OP talking who was in a 40mph limit.
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