The GURDIAN is visiting the home of the mother tongue and we are somewhat amazed at the use of video cameras, speed cameras linked to radar, and a near total absence of “cop cars.”
Seems the Brits are so accustomed to having clearly marked speed cameras everywhere they automatically slow down at the entrance to villages where a radar linked sign flashing the speed limit in red offers a gentle reminder. They even use the cameras as land marks as in, “Turn left just past the next speed camera.”
The big cameras have a built in flash and the Royal Mail is happy to send the tickets to your home. The cameras are EVERYWHERE and rather than trying to catch violators, they work hard to prevent speeding. There are also redlight cameras–the GUARDIAN may have inadvertantly tripped one of those sensors creeping forward into a vacant crosswalk. No doubt Hertz will give up the info and USA Homeland defense will be visiting soon.
The traffic cameras in Boise pale compared to the more than 100 “video command centers” in the U.K. The coppers just sit in the office and watch a bunch of locations simultaneuously, looking for bad guys and trouble.
Just a matter of time before our sense of “fair play” is surpassed with “internet-type” tickets. Just keep on truck’n when you get caught speeding, but send in your credit card number on a secure website at the local court to pay the fine. Never speak to a human or a copper.
Technology is great.
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