An extract from the Time Newspaper. Can it get any worse with metal Dick Turpins of the roads!! DRIVERS who try to evade speeding penalties by claiming that someone else was at the wheel will be the target of a new camera that captures a clear image of the driverâs face, The Times has learnt. Police are investing in the new technology because of the growing problem of drivers âpassing offâ penalty points to relatives and friends in order to avoid an automatic six-month ban for accumulating twelve points within three years. A study last year estimated that more than 700,000 drivers had passed off points in the past decade. Police issued 1.9 million camera penalties in 2004 and there are currently 160,000 drivers with a strong incentive to pass off points because they have nine points on their licences, one offence away from a ban. The Times understands that the digital photographs taken by the new camera will be studied in any case that arouses suspicion, including when the registered keeper of a vehicle claims that a partner was driving or tries to blame someone who was visiting from overseas. In disputed cases investigators employed by police and local authority camera partnerships will visit peopleâs homes and show them the photographs. Drivers who have falsely given another personâs name will be told to reconsider or face prosecution for perverting the course of justice. The new forward-facing camera has been developed by Gatso, the biggest speed camera supplier, to work in conjunction with traditional rear-facing cameras. The flash of the first camera triggers the second, which takes a digital image of the front of the vehicle, using an infra-red filter to prevent the driver from being dazzled and to ensure clarity in darkness. The Essex speed camera partnership has had trials with ten of the cameras and used them to identity the driver in more than 1,000 cases in which the culprits were either trying to pass off points or claiming they did not know who was driving.