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Old 4th April 2008, 10:55   #1
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Bangalore: A traffic board on the Mysore-Bangalore highway near Kengeri says, ‘speed limit - 45 km’. But few motorists pay heed to this rule. On Thursday, over a hundred overspeeding motorists were handed a ‘target’ image of their rash driving on the four-lane highway. The images were taken by cameras fitted on a traffic interceptor vehicle parked on the pavement, without the knowledge of the rule violators.
In half an hour, the interceptor captured over 50 overspeeding drivers, who were fined Rs 300. The fuming motorists, who didn’t know why they were stopped, were shocked to see their vehicles’ pictures.
Once the camera operator in the interceptor targets the vehicle approaching from 1.5 km away, the shoot pinpoints the speed. The instant printer prints the vehicles’ photos with details of the speed. Traffic cops then stop the vehicle and hand over the printout to the violator.
Two interceptors — multi-utility vehicles created by the Institute of Road Traffic Education, Delhi — joined the city traffic police under the B-Trac project in March. The vehicle was deployed on the Mysore-Bangalore road for the first time.
“Overspeeding is the main concern on this highway. As outbound traffic moves slowly till Byatarayanapura, commuters tend to speed up after that,’’ said DCP West (traffic) H Pandhurang Rane.
The officer interacted with the law-breakers and advised them to maintain the permitted speed level. “Despite metal barricades, commuters overspeed, causing accidents,’’ he added.
“The interceptor’s recordings on arterial roads are encouraging. When it was introduced in the East traffic zone, it captured over 200 cases within a few hours,’’ Rane said.

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Cool. You can have your own certified speeding certificate with photo proof for 300 bucks
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It makes sense to actually increase a speed limit on that highway
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Bangalore: A traffic board on the Mysore-Bangalore highway near Kengeri says, ‘speed limit - 45 km’.
Once the camera operator in the interceptor targets the vehicle approaching from 1.5 km away, the shoot pinpoints the speed.
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Very high speeds of 45 kmph indeed! With some experience, you should be able to locate the cameras and avoid speeding at that point.

Was the fine taken with receipts or was it going to feed the police/ political hafta collection targets?
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Can it spot bikes ? 45kmph may be in the stretches through towns, but even 80 elsewhere is a little too little. Its a decent 100kmph highway (a little more on straights) - just too many towns, curves, bus stops to be able to sustain 3 digits safely too long.
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It looks like there is no real thinking or science involved while setting up a speed limit. In developed countries, you realize that the speed limit mentioned is more often than not the correct speed to drive on that specific stretch. The geometry of the road, the traffic and the pedestrian movement all contribute to defining a speed limit.

But in India I have seen a lot of speed limit boards which are ridiculously low considering the stetch of the road involved. It takes quite a bit of effort to keep under the speed limit ( becomes more difficult when others dont comply and zip past you ). I have seen 20 and 15 signs on reasonably good and activity free city roads. Wonder who will be sticking to them.

If you extend this discussion, most of the roads are themselves badly designed. Lanes that disappear abruptly, roads that widen and narrow without notice, no shoulders, unmarked humps, no marking of turnlanes, the list goes on!!

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zenx: Delhi mein one way flyover vasant kunj has 50kph limit POSTED at the downward section. Lo kallo baat. I'd be quicker on a cycle
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45 Kmph on a highway --should we call it a highway anymore
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The 45kmph might be near the approach to kengeri town, which would make. perfect sense. (There is a bus stand, auto stand & one or two breaks for U turn).

If its anywhere else on the highway its pretty stupid of the cops to do that.
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Btw, whats the speed limit on the highways? For eg: the GQs ?
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IIRC - GQ at certain points has a speed limit of 100KMph. on the chennai blr stretches- its about 80 and 45 while it goes thru towns.
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Indian highwas are littered with towns all along the way. so you need to go at 45Kmph for more time than you do 80Kmph . They need to by-pass all the towns through a route to have a proper Highway, and more importantly keep the slow moving traffic and livestocks off it
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I do not understand why a highway should have a 45 km/hr restriction. Then what is the use of calling it a highway? I believe the speed limit should be a minimum of atleast 60-70 km/hr. How are we supposed to drive at 45 km/hr? Drive in 4th gear all the time???

I think this is just a money making stunt by the Police. By the way how is that road? I have no idea.
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with all due respect, you guys have it easy. we bikers have king size limits of fity on NHs (with cars having like 80?). ji yes, fifty. Sections on NH1 in Haryana have a generous speed limit of 30, with cars still having like 60 odd

praveen, problem is that before a highway comes up, the town comes up before that
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Well one thing which i realised on the mysore road is its very badly planned. There are U turns at curves and there are too many dividers on the road. In villages the entire village uses the roads as a thrashing ground during paddy harvests. The road dividers are not properly painted especially during the rains you have a bad time driving.
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