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Future of speeding tickets

A new technology in measuring speeding was tested by police in Reykjavík suburb Kópavogur yesterday. In only one hour over 100 drivers were caught speeding, 25 percent of all observed drivers.

The new technology involves special vehicles equipped with cameras, which take pictures of all cars above the speeding limit. After the photographs have been processed, the drivers are sent a speeding ticket by mail. Fréttabladid reports.

“This will not replace visible policing, but this is clearly the future,” said Gudbrandur Sigurdsson, main duty officer at the police traffic department in the capital area.

“This way, police officers do not have to communicate directly with the drivers and can use their time better,” Sigurdsson added.

The police in Iceland currently have two cars equipped with speeding cameras, one in Akureyri, in northeast Iceland, and one in Reykjavík.

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