Speeding drivers at night are not only annoying, but incredibly dangerous. Thankfully, the police of London have begun a new system of catching dangerous drivers by using drones with night-vision capabilities.
In use since last month, these drones are helping police catch speeders on some of London’s busiest routes, particularly those routes where speeding offences occur most frequently. Footage of the lawbreakers gets sent to officers on the ground who work to pull them over.
The scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, and if successful, will eventually be used across more of the capital’s roads and other areas of the country.
Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, head of the Met’s roads and traffic policing unit, believes that the drones are a form of intense enforcement and will deter dangerous driving.
“This is one of many enforcement tactics being used,” he said.
“We hope the message of ‘drive lawfully, stay safe and keep a clean licence’ is widely understood… the focus will be on dangerous drivers who are racing and those putting their lives and other people at risk.”