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More on those SPECS- Speed Cameras Texas TxDOT is Putting on State Highways

13 June 2007 at 1:56:47 PM

Wrote about this yesterday and will remind again that these are being paid for WITH FEDERAL GAS TAX FUNDS!!!!!!!

Today Engadget has a little more on these MONEY MAKERS for the state of Texas.

Just as soon as we finished cheering for the Texas Legislature's stance on those pesky speed cameras, the state's Department of Transportation is apparently trying to override their good will. According to a June 10th filing, the Texas DOT is looking to install "turnkey automated speed notification services" on Highway 10 in Hudspeth County and Highway 6 near College Station (watch those lead feet, Aggies). Reportedly, this project is simply to "assess and evaluate all elements" of such a system, but it doesn't take a genius to guess that money's on the brain. Notably, the "quality assurance" section of the plan points out that these suckers will be accurate to within two miles-per-hour in either direction, so your wiggle room is sliced dramatically. Of course, we can all hope that Texas' iteration of the SPECS-style camera is as easy to circumvent as those in Britain.

So what's the deal in Britain? Heh.

Why pay thousands for that temptation-quelling adaptive cruise control option, or dream about the forthcoming Siemens VDO electronic governor, when all you have to do is switch a few lanes while smashing the pedal to the metal? The Home Office has fessed up to a "massive flaw" in the costly (and abundant) SPECS speed monitoring / ticketing cameras, which allows drivers to avoid any legal repercussions by simply ending up in a different lane than the one they began in. The system takes the average speed between two points to calculate if a motorist has been speeding, and then snaps their photograph and sends them a very unwelcome ticket in the mail if they were; however, the cameras are only designed to analyze and penalize those who remain in the same lane throughout the speed-checking segment, opening up a very exploitable loophole. Government officials, along with the cameras' manufacturer (Speed Check Services), have resorted to begging with the public to not evade the presumably imminent £60 ($112) fine in order to maintain a "high level of safety" on the roadways, but it's not likely that pleading to deaf ears (and lead feet) will entice folks to willingly suffer a penalty this easy to avoid.

Yeah. Like People are Going To Do That! Heh.

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1 - pstern   13 Jun 2007 @ 7:03:59 PM 

It's also interesting to note that TxDOT is doing this against the will of taxpayers AND the legislature.  The Lege didn't approve this, and as you pointed out, TxDOT is using gas tax dollars to do so!  Guess it figures legislators went home so who is going to stop it? 

More people need to write legislators on this one!

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