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  • For your information we call up to our control room to tell them when we activate a gatso, it goes on the CAD for the incident we are attending – accountability and legitimacy and all that.

    Question: When Is Crime a Good Thing? « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • As I drove back I passed two traffic officers doing speed checks less than 200 metres from a gatso.

    The stupidest idea in British policing?

  • The Magistrate's comments begs the question, what would Richard Summary's response be if an otherwise law abiding motorist were to speak out in his court in defense of a charge of being caught driving at a few miles an hour over the prescribed limit by a gatso roadside tax collecting camera: Imagine the defense by a hapless motorist '' This is more than about speeding your Worship.

    The Failure of the Met (MPS)

  • Recently i have had two speeding tickets, one from a van with a camera in it, the second from a fixed gatso camera.

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  • On the right-hand side of the picture is a gatso or speed camera.

    Hyde Daily Photo

  • Mate – when you read in the Mail, etc, that 4,000,000 (or whatever) Police “got off” speeding, what they really mean is that about 3,999,990 went through a red ATS or a gatso on the “I”, or on a “Grade 1″ (for our county colleagues) on our way to help someone as quickly and as safely as possible.

    Question: When Is Crime a Good Thing? « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

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  • Gatso, n. DRAFT ENTRY June 2003

    Motoring.

    Brit. /gats/, U.S. /gætso/ (Shortened < the name of Maurice Gatsonides 1911-98, Dutch racing driver, who invented the prototype.)

    A proprietary name for: a camera employed in police traffic control, which uses radar to measure the speeds of vehicles, photographing those exceeding a specified limit. Freq. attrib., esp. in Gatso camera,
    -meter.

    1978 (title) Gatso mini radar..instruction manual. 1987 Camera Weekly 25 July 55/4 The Gatsometer uses a radar gun behind a police car's radiator grille to trigger a camera mounted behind the windscreen. 1992 Daily Tel. 1 July 4/5 The Gatso cameras have been used as evidence to prosecute offenders jumping traffic lights. 2001 Guardian 14 Aug. 3/1 The government yesterday gave its strongest signal yet that Specs, Gatsos and Vascars--and the rest of the growing police armoury of speed cameras--are to become as routine as traffic lights on British roads.

    December 25, 2006