Police test camera hidden in motorbike helmet

5th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

MONTPELLIER, France, Jan 4 (AFP) - Motorists in France beware: police in the south of the country are testing a new mini-camera worn by officers riding unmarked motorbikes to catch traffic offenders.

MONTPELLIER, France, Jan 4 (AFP) - Motorists in France beware: police in the south of the country are testing a new mini-camera worn by officers riding unmarked motorbikes to catch traffic offenders.

"We film what's going on in front of us and can immediately send by radio the licence plate of the vehicle committing the offence," the police commander behind the initiative, Captain Didier Gurnot, told AFP.

The test has been carried out in the region around the Mediterranean city of Montpellier for several weeks and, if it proves effective, is likely to be extended in France.

The camera is so small that it is hidden inside an officer's helmet, making him indistinct from any of the other one million civilian motorbike riders in the country.

Gurnot said the use of an unmarked motorbike and rider meant motorists were unaware they were being spied upon and therefore could not warn other drivers of a police presence by flashing their lights, as they otherwise often do.

Those who break the road rules are not pulled over. Instead a ticket is automatically sent to the vehicle owner's address, as is the case with France's system of automated roadside radars.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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