Going 420 mph In A 30 mph Zone?

from the you-might-want-to-slow-down-a-bit dept

It's been almost exactly three years since we wrote about a UK driver who received an automated ticket from a speeding camera, clocking his car cruising at a speedy 406 mph. The police chalked it up to a "clerical error." However, apparently those clerical errors are still happening, as a cab driver in the UK has now been issued a ticket for traveling 420 mph in a 30 mph zone. Again, the police chalk it up to "an employee processing error." Unfortunately, despite the driver's claims in the article that he's set a new land speed record, that's not even true in the world of bogus tickets. We've seen other reports clocking people at at least 480 mph. It's probably not such a big deal when the errors are so obvious -- but it makes you wonder how many people get in trouble for similar errors that aren't so extreme? Unless you happen to be good enough at math to disprove a slight exaggeration in your speed, you might just be completely out of luck. You would think that systems like these would (a) not let humans adjust the recorded speed and (b) have some sort of "reality" filter to pick up these extreme errors -- but apparently neither feature is in place. Perhaps that's why we once had that story of a brick wall clocked at 58 mph.

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    Penny Pincher, 5 Jan 2007 @ 5:30am

    "How can the computer be sure that the person that received the citation in the mail is, in fact, the actual driver of the car? A grainy picture?"

    You obviously have never seen a photo taken by a radar camera.

    Many years ago I worked at a large office in Germany and received a ticket for the company van. Since I drove it almost 100% of the time, it was assumed it was my ticket.

    I knew for a fact that I never drove over the speed limit. SO down to the Police HQ I went, waited 5 minutes in line and asked to see the photo. Within 2 minutes I was handed a printout that was about as clear as a professionally shot protrait and I could easily identify another office employee. I gave the Police his name and how to contact him.

    He of course was not happy at all that I "ratted" him out, but there was no way I was going to pay the $300 ticket...

    Anyways, I can personally vouch for the clearity of said photos and if you ever think about fighting a radar trap ticket, you'd better be sure it really wasn't you.

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