Human Review Useless In Faulty Speed Camera Case
from the well,-look-at-that... dept
We’ve written plenty of times about people being caught by various speed cameras traveling at speeds that might (politely) be called “impossible.” The latest such case also helps to illustrate a point we made earlier this week, noting that humans will often defer to computers when making decisions, even if the decision is obviously wrong — just because the computers are usually right. That appears to be what happened in this case, where a large bus that can’t go particularly fast was apparently clocked going 81mph in a 30 mph zone. The excuse given by the camera operator was that a human review should have caught the error. However, as the story proves, the human review doesn’t catch such errors. If you’re “reviewing” hundreds or thousands of such reports each day, how much attention are you going to pay? You’re going to assume that most of them are right and send them on. The bus driver in question also notes that his case is easier to prove because it’s a bus. If it were just a car, people might have believed it was actually traveling at 81 mph through a 30 zone.