CHAT: Speed cameras (was: Word usage in English dialects)
|From:||Muke Tever <hotblack@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 3, 2005, 17:12|
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.
Very rare, IME. I've seen one or two (usually incorporated with a
readout on the front telling you how fast you're going, so you know
it's watching you).
More common, at least in this state, are the cameras on most city
street corners that photograph those who run red lights.
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