On trial: Cameras to clock car's average speed

On trial: Cameras to clock car's average speed
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Habitual speedsters, watch out - new cameras that "know" your average travelling speed are up and running.

Unlike with the spot speed cameras in use here since 1992, motorists will have a much harder time evading the new technology, which calculates a vehicle's average speed over a stretch to determine if it is breaching the speed limit.

Police installed the first set of so-called "average speed cameras" as a trial at Changi Coastal Road last November, and they were switched on in January.

The cameras are mounted on two gantry-like structures about 4km apart and were spotted by The Straits Times, which understands they are capable of monitoring traffic in both directions.

Such cameras are used in countries such as Australia, the United States and Britain.

Singapore Road Safety Council vice-chairman Gopinath Menon described them as "a fairer method" of enforcing speed limits.

Retiree Lee Chiu San, 67, reckons that the new cameras will be more effective.

"You will be more well behaved over a greater distance," he said, adding that they should be used alongside a "sensible" speed limit.

Where new CCTV cameras were installed in 2013 Click on thumbnails to view photos. For full gallery click here.