Why It Helps To Understand Math: Driver Proves Speed Camera Lied
from the put-those-skills-to-good-use dept
We've covered the problems with speed cameras multiple times in the past, including the one that accused a brick wall of traveling at 58 MPH or the one that clocked a car at an astounding 480 MPH. Of course, those are obviously wrong. However, much more problematic are speed cameras that are off in a way that could be reasonable. That's much more difficult to prove -- though, it helps if you understand a bit of math. The Raw Feed points us to a story of an engineer who was able to use the photos from the speed camera itself to prove it nearly tripled his speed from 18 MPH to 46 MPH in a 30 MPH zone (using the distance between road markers and the elapsed time between two photos). He then tried to prove this in court, but officials wouldn't produce the photos in court (it's not clear how he had the photos to figure out the problem, but didn't have them to present in court himself). The court tossed out the case for "lack of evidence" over the missing photos and the guy got an apology -- but he's still fighting. He wants it on record that the case was dismissed for it being a "false prosecution" rather than just the "lack of evidence" because he's afraid that these types of cases happen all the time to people who are unable to prove their innocence.