It seems the gubment, I don't know if it is city, county or state, has decided it is 100% legal to install speed cameras, like in the UK, on a section of road which has seen a large increase in wrecks. This is a multi-lane divided highway, FWIW.
But wait, speed cameras in the UK use radar! Keep reading.
Because the government doesn't posess the technology to implement this, they farmed it out to a private company. Sensors were embedded into the existing pavement, no details were provided, but I assume they are metal loops like those used for traffic lights. Anything 11 MPH and over the posted 65 gets you a bill in the mail a couple of weeks later for $157.
I guess this was easier than investigating why there are more wrecks on the same stretch of road over the course of one year.... More people, perhaps...a different type of traffic...a change made two miles back which has since changed traffic patterns adversely...maybe, GASP, it is not related to speeding at all! Might even be the 65 posted is, I'm going to be imprisioned for this, TOO LOW. What a concept! Maybe more morons have moved into the area, and they just don't understand the area, yet.
To drive the point home, pun intended, the local Vegas news showed a bike which got tagged at 100+...it was at night, there was no traffic, hell, I've ridden a bike at triple-digits for close to an hour at a time here in NV...the only danger is to myself, and honestly, a bike wreck at 110 isn't likely to be much worse than one @ 75. The one my wife and I had at probably 50 nearly killed us, not from the fall, but from the items we contacted afterward. Rivers are bad...as are rocky 20 foot drops into said river.
I will never go to Scottsdale based on this Socialist policy alone. I don't want to have a V1 paperweight in ten years...I want it to have the same helpful abilities it does now, as upgrades will keep it there. Unfortunately, it can't detect road-based sensors...at least not yet. :wink:
I think I hear the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves. One of them said, "those willing to trade freedom for security deserve neither". Might have been George Washington. Regardless, I *love* that quote, as it couldn't be more correct.
It's been proven red-light cameras need tweaks to be profitable, so I wonder what will be done, here. I fear I might live long enough to see all automotive control to be taken over by a self-driving car. Erk!
Enough ranting, just wanted everyone to be aware of what might be coming down the pike. Let's hope not....