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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    DCX2, 5 Jan 2007 @ 7:40am

    It seems to me that some fools here really believe speed limits etc. are for reducing accidents. That just happens to be a side-effect.

    The primary purpose of speed limits is to generate revenue from fines.

    For instance, the city of Pittsburgh is always in need of money. Therefore, in Allegheny county, the taxes tend to be higher (sales tax is 7%, whereas it's 6% in the neighboring counties).

    The speed limit on highways outside of Allegheny county is 65 mph. If you're on the SAME HIGHWAY and you enter Allegheny county, the speed limit suddenly becomes 55 mph.

    Now, keep in mind, everything else is constant. Same highway, same road condition, same number of lanes, same typical traffic patterns...the only plausible explanation is to inflate the fines from driving infractions, and to make it easier to bust people for speeding.

    Remember, kids, it's always always always all about the $$$

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