Skip to comments.Speeding Tickets Now Coming From Outer Space
Posted on 04/22/2010 11:48:48 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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]
Every day, at every level of government, I feel more like a subject than a citizen.
Lemme see your license and insurance please.
We may have to contract with the Chinese for this one. Regular target shooting won’t do.
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.
Establishes the technological groundwork for taxing you per mile driven!
Good news! Obama won’t have to cut NASA’s funding now, he’s found a new mission charter.
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).
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.”
That’s where the traffic cameras come in, I guess.
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.
But your honor, I have one of these...
How much more f’ing orwellian can western society become before we finally and justifiably start pushing back?
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.
England has gone insane a long time ago.
Remind me to NEVER visit there.