Traffic Video Report

Here is our report on the traffic video provided by:

Traffic Video date: 2nd September 2002                                                System Type: ProVida

Constabulary: South Yorkshire


  • The Traffic Officer was performing a pre fed distance check over 0.2 of a mile and the officer utilised "VASCAR" markers on the carriageway.
  • The traffic video has recorded the speed of another vehicle 92.42 mph and the officer decided not to pursue this motorist.
  • As the officer was parked some distance from the carriageway, it is not possible to positively identify the 'target vehicle' from the traffic video.
  • The ProVida system may have been malfunctioning because the speed of the patrol car is recorded as varying from 74 mph - 21 mph - 23 mph and back to 70 mph during a period of one second; which is impossible.
  • We have performed a time and distance measurement from the time the officer finished his pre fed distance check to the time that he caught up with the 'target vehicle'.

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Time and Distance speed-measurement during patrol car pursuit

Time 1 & Frame No

Time & Frame No

Distance 1 & Frame No

Distance 2 & Frame No

19:40:53 + 24/25

19:42:15 + 2/25



Time (T2 - T1) = 135.08 seconds - 53.96 seconds

Time = 135.08 - 53.96 = 81.12 seconds

Distance in miles (D2 - D1) 85.295 - 83.485 = 1.810 miles


1.810 miles x 


 (time in seconds)

 = Average 80.25 mph

Average speed of 80.25 mph over 1.810 miles

Time 1 - Time when the officer stops the pre-fed distance check at the second VASCAR marker

Time 1

Distance 1 - Odometer reading when the patrol car is approaching the second VASCAR marker

Distance 1

Time & Distance 2 - The patrol car is the same distance from the target vehicle as it was from the second VASCAR marker

Time & Distance 2

Reading of previous vehicle - 92.42 mph

Reading of previous vehicle

Patrol car speedometer variation

Patrol car speedometer variation - 1 Patrol car speedometer variation - 2
Patrol car speedometer variation - 3 Patrol car speedometer variation - 4

Patrol Car "catching up"

Patrol car "catching up"

Start of pre-fed distance check

Start of pre-fed distance check

End of pre-fed distance check

End of pre-fed distance check
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