Yesterday I renewed my car registration and I found that I had one unpaid traffic ticket for over-speeding even though I can’t recall any camera flashes but I know some who pay as high as 300 KD for speed tickets. Today I wanted to shed some light on the types of speed cameras in Kuwait streets and explain how each type work.
Analogue cameras (See above): These are the older ones and are scattered around Kuwait streets, Traffic Department has recently fixed more of these cameras. This camera uses analogue photography, so the taken snapshots are stored on a film and a guy comes to collect the film and process the pictures (just like old cameras), many times these cameras produce unclear shots.
Digital Cameras: We can see them on Gulf road, these are digital ones, smaller in size, and are very precise. As I understood that these have processing unit fixed (See above) and digital shots are directly sent to Traffic department, the same type are used on many traffic lights, and they can also be used for surveillance.
Smart Cameras: These are smart ones, they don’t flash and we can see it on 1st ring road. They fix two cameras in two different locations on a street, 1st camera measures your first speed then the 2nd camera re-measures your speed again and then your average speed is calculated, if it exceeds the allowed speed then it will save your plate number. So slowing down when reaching the camera technique won’t work and traffic department is considering to use more of these cameras in soon future.
Smaller Cameras: They have been recently fixed on Kuwait highways, actually they’re not speed cameras, they are only flashes (See above) used to help the main camera get a clear snapshot (That’s what I understood) but take that with a grain of salt.
Surveillance Cameras: They are mostly fixed on the street intersections, they’re used for surveilance but now traffic department is using them to issue traffic tickets. Read more here
SUV Speed Camera: These are disguised SUV with speed cameras fixed, they are parked at certain locations and work like normal cameras.
As for the camera above, I’m not sure if its in Kuwait or not I haven’t seen it before. Now question is; do speed cameras really help reduce traffic accidents in Kuwait or just making our wallets thinner?