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    New gadget helps drivers to avoid speeding penalties

    Today both the Telegraph and Times have reported that a new dashboard gadget, designed to allow drivers to alert other vehicles when they spot speed traps, is exploiting a loophole in UK traffic law.The 'Mini Coyote' device, made by Novus is already popular in France. There's an estimated 64,000 of them on French roads and over 27,000 mobile speed camera traps have already been logged by drivers.The Mini Coyote has a highly sensitive GPS receiver and uses GSM to update databases. As soon as a driver sees a camera, they simply press a button on the gadget, and just three seconds later everyone else with this gadget in their vehicle has received a warning. A car travelling 300 yards behind the person who spotted the trap should have plenty of time to slow down to a legal speed.Speed camera warnings feature now on most satellite navigation units, but these can be out of date, and don't include mobile camera units that move location frequently and often operate covertly.The success of the Mini Coyote depends on drivers to share information and protect fellow road users - then in theory getting the favour returned.The police warn against alerting other drivers to speed traps, claiming it could lead to prosecution for perverting the course of justice (though this has rarely happened). Safety groups say the device could undermine the ability of the police to enforce the limit, because drivers could speed, safe in the knowledge that there's very little risk of being caught.Novus argues that the technology could actually improve safety and reduce accidents on the roads, with fewer drivers stamping on the brakes when they see a speed camera too late.It is currently legal to purchase the Mini Coyote. There is an initial cost of around £200 to buy the device, then a monthly database subscription fee, similar to a mobile phone contract. The Government has said it intends to outlaw gadgets that detect the laser or radar systems used by speed cameras, but until this happens the chances are they will quickly become ever more sophisticated and effective.Do let us know if you would consider using this kind of gadget, or if you think they should be made illegal.

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