Despite roads and highways laden with radar speed traps and traffic light cameras, most drivers are still able to get away with speeding without getting ticketed. Drivers that take the same routes frequently become familiar with areas where speed traps are located and easily know where they can and can not speed.

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How do you get speeding drivers to slow down? The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) Traffic Safety Foundation thinks a good idea would be to shock drivers by making them think there is a child in the street. The organization plans on painting an optical illusion on the road that will appear to pop-up a 3D image of a child so that drivers will slow down.

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radar-vs-gps While driving down the A4174 highway near Bristol, on November 28th 2008, Gareth Powell was clocked going 61 mph in a 50 mph zone by a police officer with a speed gun. The police officer wrote him out a ticket that Powell was positive he didn’t deserve.

He said: “I’m an extremely careful driver and I was certain I hadn’t broken the law.”

At the time, Gareth had a GPS navigation system in his car that was not only tracking him but could also tell how fast he was going. After contacting Navman Wireless (his GPS device’s manufacturer) and getting the records of how fast he was going at the time, he was able to provide proof that he really was within the speed limit. It turns out that Powell had been moving at 48 mph. In court he managed to have the director of Navman Wireless IT, Barry Neill, serve as an expert witness to back him up:
“The GPS fix on Gareth’s vehicle from the tracking system was excellent when he was clocked by the speed gun… The eight satellites locating his vehicle were advantageously positioned. Under good conditions, GPS tracking technology is accurate to within three meters.”
Thanks to the GPS navigation system in Powell’s car, he was not just able to beat a speeding ticket, but he also managed to prove that GPS devices can be more accurate then the speed guns used by the police officers.

(Via RoadTransport)

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