April 13, 2004
Contains an Excess of Zoom
Posted by scott at April 13, 2004 04:17 PM
Finally, I think I've found the small car with which to take down a certain V-8 powered pony car:
A Belgian motorist was left stunned after authorities sent him a speeding ticket for travelling in his Mini at three times the speed of sound.
Virginia slaps you around pretty bad for just 10 mph over the limit. I wonder what 2050 mph over nets you?
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Obviously, this was a photo radar ticket. That is assuming that a human officer would not write a ticket for Mach 3. This is Belgium we are talking about. But how many tickets are written where the radar gun is only off by 10%? And how likely are you to get off by claiming your were doing 59 and not 65 in a 55 zone? Please also note that the photo stoplight enforcement programs in some cities have come under fire because the companies running them have improperly set the system up to record infractions, because the companies get a share of the ticket revenue.
I say that all ticket revenue go to the national government. No city, county or state should see a dime off it. That way they'll enforce laws for safety, and not for profit.
Nice sentiment, but it's impossible to completely separate spending like that. There will always be a way to get pork; even if the national government controlled all the factories that made all the parts, all the program code that the system ran on, and all the land on which the devices were installed, someone would still stand to make a profit, just because their technical skills were a useful part of the government's project.
And someone would always be blamed for every little mistake the system made, even though it's a statistical impossibility for any system to work perfectly forever.