# 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.

1. Anonymous Coward, 5 Jan 2007 @ 2:26am

### Re:

They state plainly that it was an "employee processing error" i.e. someone typed in an extra "0" when processing the ticket so instead of a 42 mph ticket, he was issued a ticket for 420. Furthermore the articles is prefaced by saying that it had been three years since the last aincident they wrote about. Clearly this isn't a system rife with errors. Don't get me wrong, I don't put all my faith in an automated radar system, but this story in particular doesn't really seem to be a knock against the system itself, but rather pointing to what everyone already knows - there is always room for human error.

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