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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    misanthropic humanist, 5 Jan 2007 @ 11:03am

    gravy train

    Good link Enrico. I've heard many other respectable sources say they are really just revenue generation tools. There's a camera near Bristol
    that won the award as "employee of the year" by netting 1 million quid!

    Kinda insulting to real cops who are on about $10/hour isn't it.

    All part of the war on motorists.

    But they DO save lives *locally*. There's no disputing the figures on RTA deaths, if the ones I've read are true.

    But I say *locally*, because they just shift the problem. People know where the speed cameras are and they drive like wankers right up until the last possible moment before slamming on the brakes, doing 30 through the zone, and then flooring it again. Perhaps on balance they decrease road safety?

    The governments solution? More speed cameras. More money out the taxpayers pocket to pay for them. More money to the camera manufactureres and security contractors that run them. It's a huge gravy train.

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