(Mis)Uses of Technology

# 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. EdB, 5 Jan 2007 @ 2:27am

### Re:

But what happens if the error is only 20% of reality? Doing (X+(X*.2X)) in an X zone isn't going to be obvious to anyone except the person who uses cruise control set to the proper speed and still has to pay the fine.

Yeah sure: it's gonna be like a gazillionth of a percent, but will that 'detail' matter if you happen to be the person screwed by a technological flaw?

I say if a cop didn't see me it didn't happen, and if a cop did see me then he damn sure better not miss my day in court else the state has no witness so I go home with my money.

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