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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    Enrico Suarve, 6 Jan 2007 @ 5:26am

    Re: gravy train

    Its even better than that - the sat nav reference in my post is entirely true

    In the UK the companies who create maps (paper or electronic) are allowed to record and show locations of the fixed cameras so they end up on Sat nav systems

    They market it as a safety feature ("if you know where the cameras are you know where the 'accident black spots' are")

    I get taxis reasonably often and most of the drivers have them installed as its their livihood - you are warned you are getting close to one so the drivers slow down (usually you are quite right they speed up right after)

    What this effectivly means is that the speed cameras become a tax for those who can't afford £200 sat nav systems and regular updates

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