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# 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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1. Enrico Suarve, 5 Jan 2007 @ 5:55am

### They are automated

These are not cameras which produce a printout for a person to create a record off then post, hitting an erroneous zero on the way

These ARE entirely automated systems, they take a picture, create a record, create a penalty, print a letter... (they process over 2 million penalties a year). Human error has no chance to exist as no humans are involved (in all likelihood not until you open the letter)

When you have a system like this producing these errors it needs reviewing - people breaking the landspeed record in a mini should be easy to spot but what if it only added 10mph to your speed?

People lose their jobs because of speeding offences so if there is doubt it needs investigating

Incidentally I live in the UK near Durham and the interesting thing for me are these comments from an ex-cop ex-cop

Durham has a few more than 1 camera now admittedly, but it is known locally as an area where you watch your speed as the police are hot on you - I try not to speed but I know I always look twice at my speedo when passing through the Durham area – far more effective than cameras which I know the exact location of from my sat-nav!

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