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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 2008, 9:45 am Thread Starter
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We're way ahead of your problems in UK. It's like Orwellian 1984, hundreds of thousands of camera's everywhere. We're tinkering around with ID systems now. It won't be long before you get a GPS transponder implant at birth.

Our red light cams are Gatso's that use film, which makes them V'expensive to operate and use as evidence. Most of the speed cameras now are electronic with Infra red night lighting and link to a central monitoring centre, either on a microwave link or cable. The pics get dumped on to servers and the tickets come out automatically using number plate recognition.

They claim these systems make a lot of money, but it's not so easy to prove they make the roads safer.

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I just used Dallas as a part of my argument to NOT have red light cameras in Rancho Santa Margarita...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2008, 12:24 am
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I was recently transferred to Tempe, Arizona for a couple of months while we bring a new office online. In less than a week, I know which intersections I frequently drive though that have red light cameras and know that if the light just turned yellow, it is better to slam on the brakes instead of risking a ticket (quite scary when the a-hole in the car behind you is smoking a cigarette and talking on his/her cell phone at the same time). The big signs warning you about the camera also helps. Bottom line, if these cameras are going to be cost effective, they need to be more covert. As it is now, they might catch the unassuming motorist every once in a while, but people who drive the route often will learn quickly what intersections they need to play it safe in.
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