Private Mobile Cameras To Catch Speeding Drivers
from the vigilante-justice dept
Ever been happily driving along and seen some jerk cut you off or was driving ridiculously fast around you (assuming, of course, that you’re not the jerk) and wondered where were the highway patrol was when they could actually do some good? Ever wished you could report the offender yourself? Well, over in Ireland, they’re considering a policy that would give private companies mobile cameras to place in unmarked cars to record moving traffic violations and record the details so tickets can be sent and points and fines assessed. In other words, we’re getting beyond the police and stationary traffic cameras – and putting traffic law enforcement into the hands of private individuals just driving around. Now, of course, take this the next logical step. If you’re going to offer such things to private companies, why not private individuals directly? And, then, why bother equipping them with special cameras? Why not just build radar detectors into the next generation of camera phones, and deputize everyone as a traffic cop? Yes, it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but is there a point where this goes too far? How do you protest being given a ticket when your accuser is an anonymous driver somewhere else on the road?