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Speeding Tickets Now Coming From Outer Space
Gizmodo ^ | 22 April 2010 | Brian Barrett

Posted on 04/22/2010 11:48:48 AM PDT by James C. Bennett

Speeding Tickets Now Coming From Outer Space

 

As though cameras on top of every traffic light weren't bad enough already: there's now a trial run of satellites that will catch you speeding, over a several-block range, from hundreds of miles up. Hope for clouds, I guess?

The SpeedSpike system is being tested at two locations in London, and works a little differently than your typical trap: cameras on the ground are assisted by satellites that are capable of calculating your average speed between two points. Which to me just means a lot of speeding, then going very, very slowly, then speeding, and so on:

The company said in its evidence that the cameras enabled "number plate capture in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day". It also referred to the system's "low cost" and ease of installation.

The system could be used for "main road enforcement for congestion reduction and speed enforcement", and could help to "eliminate rat-runs" and cut speeds outside schools, it added. It could also reduce the need for speed humps.

So much for hoping for clouds. Maybe a stray meteor, then? [Telegraph UK via Jalopnik]


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; cultureofcorruption; donutwatch; napl; orwelliannightmare; policestate; revenuetickets; satellite; speedspike; speedtrap; spy; traffic

1 posted on 04/22/2010 11:48:49 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

Every day, at every level of government, I feel more like a subject than a citizen.


2 posted on 04/22/2010 11:51:46 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: JoeProBono

Lemme see your license and insurance please.

3 posted on 04/22/2010 11:53:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: James C. Bennett

We may have to contract with the Chinese for this one. Regular target shooting won’t do.


4 posted on 04/22/2010 11:55:34 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: a fool in paradise

5 posted on 04/22/2010 11:55:42 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: James C. Bennett

Much easier to spend millions on schemes to continue ticket revenue coming in rather than protecting nations from illegal immigration, welfare fraud, and threats to national security.


6 posted on 04/22/2010 11:55:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: James C. Bennett
Catch me if you can......
7 posted on 04/22/2010 11:56:11 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: a fool in paradise

Establishes the technological groundwork for taxing you per mile driven!


8 posted on 04/22/2010 11:56:45 AM PDT by catman67
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To: James C. Bennett; Slings and Arrows; 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; ...

Good news! Obama won’t have to cut NASA’s funding now, he’s found a new mission charter.


9 posted on 04/22/2010 11:57:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: catman67
Establishes the technological groundwork for taxing you MORE per mile driven!

I already pay by the mile via gasoline taxes and a tollroad that was initially promised to collect tolls for only 20 years (deadline came and went, current county judge over that resource says "I didn't make that promise, that was someone else besides" yadda yadda yadda. They keep "refinancing" it (borrowing money against it to siphon off dollars for other projects).

10 posted on 04/22/2010 12:00:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (We've gone from phony soldiers to phony conservative protesters. Nothing about liberalism is genuine)
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To: a fool in paradise
You beat me to it!


11 posted on 04/22/2010 12:00:53 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: James C. Bennett
My backyard solution....
12 posted on 04/22/2010 12:01:01 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: James C. Bennett

If I get a ticket from a satellite, then in court I will require a summons from that very satellite to be able to cross examine my accuser...

Going to be hard to get that accuser in court...

“I make a motion to dismiss, since my accuser is decidely out of the country, unable to appear your honor.”


13 posted on 04/22/2010 12:01:25 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

That’s where the traffic cameras come in, I guess.

:^)


14 posted on 04/22/2010 12:06:37 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

Who cares about the speeding tickets? This same system could be used by the government to track all of our whereabouts 27/7. This has to stop.

The era of Big Brother is upon us.


15 posted on 04/22/2010 12:20:48 PM PDT by BigBobber
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To: James C. Bennett
"...cameras on the ground are assisted by satellites that are capable of calculating your average speed between two points"

But your honor, I have one of these...


16 posted on 04/22/2010 12:26:38 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: James C. Bennett

How much more f’ing orwellian can western society become before we finally and justifiably start pushing back?


17 posted on 04/22/2010 12:33:27 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: James C. Bennett

With the right kind of marketing campaign, someone could make a killing selling flip the bird roof decals to send a message to Big Bird.


18 posted on 04/22/2010 12:53:42 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Tyrant: "Spartans, lay down your weapons." Free man: "Persian, come and get them!")
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...


19 posted on 04/22/2010 1:02:33 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: James C. Bennett

England has gone insane a long time ago.
Remind me to NEVER visit there.


20 posted on 04/22/2010 1:47:47 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: a fool in paradise

This has pretty much been done on toll roads for decades albeit not with gps.......just a clock stamp on a toll ticket. Ya get from point A to B too fast ya get a ticket ! Was done on the indiana and will rogers toll roads in the 60’s at least.


21 posted on 04/22/2010 2:07:00 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: James C. Bennett
I see that not one person has read the article yet.

This is nothing but speed cameras with their clocks synchronized by....

wait for it....

The Global Positioning System!

The GPS satellites are used only for a precise measurement of time, so that the average speed between two points can be calculated dividing the distance by the time interval that elapsed.

As a bonus, they could use the GPS positions of the two locations to measure the distance between them, but that would only be useful on a road that is straight as an arrow.

22 posted on 04/22/2010 2:54:00 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Slings and Arrows

23 posted on 04/22/2010 3:27:04 PM PDT by Daffynition ( In the span of one man's lifetime, only the individual has any potential - not the collective.)
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To: catman67

“Establishes the technological groundwork for taxing you per mile driven!”

Yep - but first the VAT.

This comes after...figure 10 cents per mile, increasing by 5 cents per year, until we achieve our required goal in reducing greenhouse gasses.

Change.


24 posted on 04/22/2010 5:00:39 PM PDT by BobL
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To: mowowie

Dear James...

Never visit England.

=)


25 posted on 04/22/2010 5:24:05 PM PDT by Redcitizen (Armed sheep employ grazing fire.)
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To: a fool in paradise
I already pay by the mile via gasoline taxes and a tollroad that was initially promised to collect tolls for only 20 years (deadline came and went, current county judge over that resource says "I didn't make that promise, that was someone else besides" yadda yadda yadda.

But what about Those Less Fortunate whose cars don't get as good mileage as yours? That's unfair! Much better to surveille your every movement and tax you accordingly, with adjustments for exceeding your allowed carbon footprint, of course. It's for your own good, don't y'know. And the children... won't someone please think of the children?
26 posted on 04/22/2010 5:43:35 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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To: Daffynition
The Brits never quite got the hang of road signs.


27 posted on 04/22/2010 8:11:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (FUBO! FUNP! FUHR! FUBS!)
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To: James C. Bennett

SkyNet???


28 posted on 04/23/2010 5:53:53 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

You kid but we are going to see it go to more of a paybymile system. As people move to electric cars (not just hybrids) we are faced with either raising licensing fees into thousands for a car, taxing electric bills for roads, or paying tolls.

Politicians like toll roads, they are now working to sell them to private firms (sometimes outside America even) for short term funds to balance budgets.

They are also trying to turn existing freeways into tollroads.

Don’t expect to see much new development for high occupancy traffic with no tolls to be paid.


29 posted on 04/23/2010 8:54:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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