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CHAT: Speed cameras

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Monday, February 7, 2005, 4:07
Muke Tever wrote:
> Tristan McLeay <conlang@...> wrote: > >> On the subject of speed cameras---the other day I was watching a bit of >> documentary on pay tv about the German autobahns apparently meant for >> an American audience. They were talking about all the high tech >> involved. At one point, they mentioned these awesome cameras that can >> actually automatically take a photo of the numberplate of speeders and >> send a fine to the owner of the car after the fact when they thought >> they'd got away with it (I assume because they weren't pulled over by >> cops). Don't Americans have speed cameras? (Or are they relatively >> new?) They're everywhere here.
The first time I came across such technology was in and around Toronto in 1996; they had a toll road there that used cameras to photograph your registration plate, and send you a bill; alternatively, you could buy some kind of transponder that allowed unpaid passage for a certain period of time. I wish they'd introduce something like that here; the idea of sitting in a queue for the toll booth on the M50(*) is mind- boggling. You wouldn't have entered a toll motorway if you wanted to wait around... * Ring road around Dublin s. -- Stephen Mulraney I remember that I tried several times to use a slide rule, and that, several times also, I began modern maths textbooks, saying to myself that if I were going slowly, if I read all the lessons all in order, doing the exercises and all, there was no reason why I should stall -- Georges Perec