what is the best POI provider for speed er "safety" cameras in europe?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Europe, Africa, & Middle East' started by ecl207, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. ecl207

    ecl207 Adventurer

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    looks like scdb.com is the place to go but i would be curious if anyone has any other ideas. in particular i am interested in england.

    thanks
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  2. RJO

    RJO Been here awhile

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    try

    www.pocketgps.co.uk

    you'll see they update a lot and the cost is minimal. Find a new unlisted gatso and they give you free updates.....try it.

    Roger.
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  3. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I was just thinking about this the other day. In April, I got 2 tickets while riding around in a rental car in Leipzig. I had (and have) absolutely no idea what I did wrong.

    Had my Ique with me and would have loved POI's of the cameras.

    :baldy
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  4. Joerg

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    Hi,

    If you understand German: http://www.naviboard.de/vb/showthread.php?t=18363, this covers the whole of Europe with currently (version 2007-06) over 18'000 "dangerous locations" :thumb. This map is free.

    Technical discussions and questions etc should go in the same forum, please.

    As a side note ... you may want to know that having speed cameras as POI (=with the possibility of "actively warning" you) on a GPSr is considered illegal in many European countries. Thus, what you can download there is a transparent overlay map - no active warning is possible, but you have red dots on the map :D (and even this is attacked in some states).

    I will not comment on the "is it illegal" debate, but a simple fact is that there is way too much legal uncertainty around, and in case of doubt your GPSr might be confiscated. And I'm not sure you want his.
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  5. NightFlight

    NightFlight Did not die young...

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  6. mickshere

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    one of the biggest problems i think are the safety camera vans that park in ridiculous places eg grass banks on brows of hills, motorway bridges and even peoples driveways! Saw one the other day on a blind bend 200 yards past a static speed camera
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  7. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    I saw that you are talking about speed cameras. Can someone tell me where in UK I can expect them and what is speed limit for UK (local road and highway)?
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  8. LC8rider

    LC8rider Been here awhile

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    You can expect them anywhere! No, really, I'm not joking. They are supposed to be safety cameras, but I've seen some on long stretches of open roads with no junctions, houses etc... They also have mobile units which can be visible and also covert units which if you see them, it's probably too late!

    Motorway speeds are 70mph
    Dual carriage ways (A roads) are 70mph unless otherwise stated
    Single carriage ways (A roads) are 60mph unless otherwise stated
    Most other roads are sign posted, if not, it's probably the national speed limit - 60mph, unless it is a built up area with lamp posts at regular set distances (can't remember the distance, and my daughter has borrowed my highway code book). Play safe if unsure and stick to 30mph

    I'm not sure about using camera locations on a GPS in Europe. I've heard they are illegal in all EU countries except the UK and (I think) Hungary. If stopped by plod, and the camera location option is active, I believe they can confiscate the GPS and fine you. Someone correct me if I'm wrong :ear
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  9. MichaelJ

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    I would think that a radar detector would ferret most of them out nicely.

    This way your GPS stays pristine. Yeah - I know that detectors are illegal in most (if not all) of Europe, but so is speeding.
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  10. JohnnyTh

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    Not in norway. Here in Norway police say that GPS warnings are good as it makes drivers slow down. and thats why the speed cam is there in the first place. They just wish it would warn you if you are close a school, dangerous junction or things like that.

    And speedcams dont detect motorbikes in norway as you need to see the drivers face on cam.

    JT
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    Compliments - that is truly honest and even logic!

    Is there an official site where I could access the original citation?
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  12. HumboldtMG

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    The speedcam thing used to be like that in germany as well, now they are slowly adapting to newer models..., they can take a picture from the front and back which means that now they can be used by the police to fine you. :deal
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    England has probably the most speed cameras per sq mile than any other coutry!
    They also have "variable" speeds on some motorways/freeways where the police can change the speed limit on ever changing signs on overhead gantries.
    There are CAMERA VANS that can park almost anywhere they feel like parking & catch you out in the middle of no-where on the pretext that "Speeding Costs Lives!" & tell us that they are doing a great job all in the name of safety!!:deal

    Also GPS is legal with a speed sensor, BUT a speed camera detector is illegal!!!!

    It may not enhance your trip, but the only way is to stick to the speed limits,
    sorry.............................:cry
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