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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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Jan 2007 @ 10:44am

    re DCX2

    Hummm, I live in one of those neighboring counties, and it actually goes from 55 to 65 right before entering Allegheny County, and then bump it down again closer to town.
    Funny part is I set my cruse to 60 in the 55 zone and everyone and their grandmother passes me. I bump it to 70 in the 65 and I pass everyone. Converse is true the other way.
    I travel rt60 by the airport on a daily basis. If it was all about revenue they could get their yearly quota on any single day as I don't think I pass a single car in the 55 zone w/ cruse set at 60 and everyone else is passing me, most at a brisk pace. Closer to town I go about 70 so I'm not a hazard, and I'm still the slow on on the road.
    Personally I would welcome some sort of "automated" system.

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