Gotcha: Soon, speed cams will be so yesterday …

Speed cams are bad … AAA has done audits revealing that 1 in 10 tickets issued by them are in error … with drivers having little recourse since only  the cameras are are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Yep, they’re bad, but …

Imagine all speed limits being tightly enforced … 24 X 7.

Scary thought, right?


Here’s what will replace the speed cam … and disrupt our lives.

First, the dots that connect.

Recently, I received something from State Farm offering me a discount on my auto insurance if I sign-up to have my driving monitored by OnStar or another geo-based system.

The pitch: would tailor my rates to my driving behavior (e.g. miles per day) and save me money.

Yeah, right?

Then, got a letter from the DC Office of Adjudication  alleging that a family car was snapped speeding … Sunday evening, multi-lane road, no traffic, “work zone” with no workers working …  maybe a crime, maybe entrapment … boom!

Then, I caught the article about how some locales are shortening the duration of yellow lights … doubling the number of cars snapped by red light cams.

Finally, I’ve been doing reading on predictive analytics … and geo-spatial tracking … you know, sending your cell a coupon when you’re proximate to a specific store or restaurant.

Connecting the dots:

It’s a no brainer that revenue hungry locales (err, I mean “safety conscious” locales, will someday start monitoring how fast your car is going … everywhere you’re driving.

It’s simple … the technology components already exist … they just need to be combined.

Some auto-GPS devices already tell you how fast you’re going … all they need to do is calc the time interval between GPS coordinates.

And, I think, there are already cyber-maps of road sections … with their speed limits

The final puzzle piece: a way to cyber-track your car.

Kinda like OnStar does …


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One Response to “Gotcha: Soon, speed cams will be so yesterday …”

  1. ST Says:

    I really don’t understand the legality of these devices. Due process would require them to prove who the driver is, not just that the car was driving a particular speed. If I loaned the car out to a friend why, as the owner of the car, am I personally liable for their actions? On a recent trip to DC I was nabbed by one of these: 12 mph over the limit cost me cost me $100 if I paid in 2 weeks, but would go up to $200 if I didn’t pay within that timeline…. but it was a no-points violation. This made no sense to me – if I was breaking the speed limit there should be a point violation.

    Furious at the lack of due process and the unsubstantiated assertion from a camera that I was speeding, I called my attorney and said I wanted to fight it. His counsel: the ticket is $100, there are no points, it’ll cost you at least $2000 to fight it and, although I’d likely win, it wasn’t worth the time or energy and I should suck it up and pay the fine.

    I’m guessing that people would rise up against these if they suffered the on-going fine of increased insurance rates for points violations. Still, the constitutionality of these devices (without corroborating photo evidence of the driver (as they do have in Maryland)) has to be in question.

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