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Automatic speed surveillance

On heavily used roads, speed surveillance is also conducted using automatic speed surveillance cameras. These are also used in junction and traffic light surveillance where traditional traffic surveillance is impractical. Automatic surveillance is indicated by roadside signs. Surveillance conducted using mobile surveillance equipment is not indicated by any signs.

If the instrument detects a vehicle that is speeding, it takes a photo, which is also stored electronically on a memory card. The photo shows the vehicle, the registration number and the driver, and the date and time of the picture are also printed on it. Any person sitting next to the driver will be blackened out in the photo.

The same provisions apply to traffic offences detected by automatic speed surveillance as to road traffic in general. Before the actual pre-trial investigation, the police will send a letter to the vehicle's registered owner or keeper, inquiring about the driver of the car in the photograph that was taken of the speeding car.

When the vehicle owner or keeper has provided the information on the person driving the car, the police will send a request for an investigation to the police authorities in the driver's area of residence. A register is kept on the information obtained through automatic speed surveillance and any pre-trial investigation.

A fixed fine for driving up to 20 km per hour over a speed limit can be imposed on the vehicle’s registered owner, keeper or temporary user by letter, without first establishing the actual driver of the vehicle. Those issued with a fixed fine can appeal against it by reporting the matter to the police authorities in the area where the incident took place within 30 days of receipt of the notification. Alternatively, they can pay the fine although they did not commit the offence themselves. In that case, the offence will be recorded in the driving licence register as an offence committed by the person in question, and it will be taken into account when considering a driving ban on the basis of repeated traffic violations. Instead of a fixed fine and without establishing the actual driver of the vehicle, the police can issue the vehicle’s owner, keeper or temporary user with a written caution for committing a minor speeding violation. The caution will be delivered by post, and it will not cause other sanctions or be recorded in the register.

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