Geneva: Swiss police are testing a new
generation of super cameras that are able to detect up to 10
kinds of traffic offences, local newspaper Le Matin Dimanche
reported on Sunday.
The new camera to be put into service at the end of
August in the western Swiss city of Geneva will first take on
the regular job of catching speeding and red light offences.
But it will soon also be configured to pick out motorists
who tailgate, fail to give way to pedestrians or to traffic on
the right, as well as those who overtake in a dangerous
manner, said Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche.
Motorists who wander onto the cyclist and bus lanes, who
fail to halt at a stop sign, who make an unauthorised turn or
who trespass a dividing line can also be caught by the camera.
According to the newspaper, these additional functions
would be in place by 2011.
While the current generation of cameras can monitor only
two lanes, the new super camera can keep an eye across four
lanes at a time, following up to 22 vehicles simultaneously
over a distance of 500 metres.
Jean-Marc Pecorini, head of Geneva canton`s traffic
police, told the newspaper after obtaining initial results of
a test: "We are very satisfied with the equipment."