Speed measuring cameras unreliable? Norwegian Supreme Court to decide
Posted by African Press International on January 2, 2008
The nation’s speed cameras will be assessed by Norway’s Supreme Court after a man caught doing 199 kilometers per hour (123.6 mph) was sentenced relatively lightly. Both the original court and a court of appeals felt that there was too great a risk of faulty reading from the photo-boxes used to track speeders, newspaper Nordlys reports.
The Automatic Traffic Control (ATK) system measured the male motorist’s speed at 199 kph on a northern Norway road. Police were convinced that the car was going at least 187 kph, but the man insisted he was not doing more than half of what the reading said.
Both courts ruled that the man was going at least 140 kph (87 mph), but both expressed doubt in the reliability of the photo-box system. The man was sentenced to 21 days in jail and the loss of his drivers license for two years.
But the prosecution was not satisfied and appealed the verdict to the Supreme Court – both prosecution and defense can appeal decisions in Norway – in order to determine the status of the measurements produced by the camera system.
“This is a rather unusual case, and the challenge lies in explaining how the technical measurements are made,” chief public prosecutor Lars Fause told the newspaper.
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