Enforcing Speed Limits  

Posted by Big Gav

One way to reduce oil consumption is to make speed limits lower - the UK is trialling a system that would enforce speed limits - with a small carrot attached in the form of lower toll charges. Yet another brilliant piece of police state technology from the UK.

It is the ultimate back seat driver. Motorists face having their cars fitted with a “spy” device that stops speeding.

The satellite-based system will monitor the speed limit and apply the brakes or cut out the accelerator if the driver tries to exceed it. A government-funded trial has concluded that the scheme promotes safer driving.

Drivers in London could be among the first to have the “speed spy” devices fitted. They would be offered a discount on the congestion charge if they use the system.

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Can you say "big brother"? I am for efficiency as much as the next person, but a system that tracks your speed along with your location?!? Count me out on rooting for this one.

Oh I say "big brother" all the time.

But the march towards a complete surveillence society seems unstoppable - with today's blasts in London no doubt adding momentum.

Still - I'd prfer it if some satellite didn't apply the brakes to my car every time I tried to overtake someone...

Oh - by the way - the location thing isn't that much of a big deal - its already possible using your phone, and if you have electronic toll paying tags lime we do then they can serve much the same purpose.

And, of course, there are all sorts of rumours about the capabilities on the onboard computers in modern day cars - like this one :

http://www.dedoc.net/index.php?p=160

"I'm freaking out man" - Supertroopers.

Seriously - I heard on Fox today, on how the bombings were a good thing, b/c they will show Americans the importance of the Patriot Act and other law enforcement tools.

As far as I understand it, there wasn't any warning or "chatter", and I heard on a left wing radio show that the level of alert was actually lowered a week or two ago in London.

Amazing that the "good ole days" now include when the right wing was libertarian...

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