Greed Camera Error Factor
from the driving-roulette dept
Bob Dole writes “A British driver got quite a surprise when a speed camera ticket showed up in his mailbox claiming his Peugeot was exceeding the speed limit by 346MPH. The officials responsible for the bungle not only are insisting on prosecuting the man, but they blame the outrageous speed claim on “clerical error.” You’re supposed to imagine a little old secretary accidentally hitting the “0” key while carefully typing up the summons. Except there are no humans involved at any step in this process — it’s all automated. Previous Techdirt coverage suggests this isn’t an isolated occurrence. A police officer, now retired, who ran a major speed camera program explains why: “Forces were only allowed to join the ‘cash for cameras’ scheme if they signed up to increasing massively the numbers of tickets issued. It was not about road safety.”” I’d guess that the “clerical error” has to do with the car in question: a Peugeot 406, which is accused of traveling at 406 mph. So, clearly, the system put the vehicle number in the speed spot. Still, the amazing thing is that the police still plan to press ahead on the charges against the guy – despite the obvious error on the ticket.