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Old 03-27-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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RIDGELAND, S.C. As Interstate 95 sweeps past this small town along South Carolina's coastal plain, motorists encounter cameras that catch speeding cars, the only such devices on the open interstate for almost 2,000 miles from Canada to Miami.

The cameras have nabbed thousands of motorists, won accolades from highway safety advocates, attracted heated opposition from state lawmakers and sparked a federal court challenge.

I-95 cameras snap speeders, spark controversy - Yahoo! News
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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How can they even disguise it as a safety measure if the motorist doesn't even know he is getting ticketed? They will just continue to speed and get a ticket in the mail weeks later.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Seventy is a pretty liberal speed limit, and the camera tickets only cars going over 80, which is a very generous tolerance. There is no earthly reason for anyone to be driving on US highways faster than 80 mph, and doing so elicits a justified ticket in any jurisdiction in the USA, Canada or Mexico. Anyone who does so is in serious noncompliance with the ambient speed of the cars around him, which is a principal cause of accidents at any speed.

If the speed limit is 70, and all the other traffic is going in the 65-75 range, a driver who has an irresistible compulsion to go 80 should get more than just a ticket. He should be court-ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, to address his speed addiction, his narcissism, his delusions of grandeur, or his antisocial behavior issues.

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Old 03-27-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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The speeder's are the one's that eventually cause I-95 to get plugged from NC to GA 3 lane,if every one drove 70-75 traffic flow would be smoother.I have seen it many times,traffic stopped for no reason.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Local police patrolling the interstate for speeders laugh at radar detectors. They park on the downside of an over pass and get them at the top or they hide behind an over pass where the interstate passes under and get you once you pass under the over pass. Those cameras are all over parts of England. Look for them to become more common here.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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Seventy is a pretty liberal speed limit, and the camera tickets only cars going over 80, which is a very generous tolerance. There is no earthly reason for anyone to be driving on US highways faster than 80 mph
You live in Texas where the speed limit (daytime) is 80 MPH and DPS doesn't bat an eye unless you are doing over 90 MPH.....

Get real....

Drive from Houston to San Diego doing what you consider "safe".....

You'll be brain dead within the first 400 miles.....

These speed cams are to pay for bloated city budgets..... not for safety reasons....
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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Seventy is a pretty liberal speed limit, and the camera tickets only cars going over 80, which is a very generous tolerance. There is no earthly reason for anyone to be driving on US highways faster than 80 mph, and doing so elicits a justified ticket in any jurisdiction in the USA, Canada or Mexico. Anyone who does so is in serious noncompliance with the ambient speed of the cars around him, which is a principal cause of accidents at any speed.

If the speed limit is 70, and all the other traffic is going in the 65-75 range, a driver who has an irresistible compulsion to go 80 should get more than just a ticket. He should be court-ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, to address his speed addiction, his narcissism, his delusions of grandeur, or his antisocial behavior issues.
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You live in Texas where the speed limit (daytime) is 80 MPH and DPS doesn't bat an eye unless you are doing over 90 MPH.....

Get real....

Drive from Houston to San Diego doing what you consider "safe".....

You'll be brain dead within the first 400 miles.....

These speed cams are to pay for bloated city budgets..... not for safety reasons....
you beat me to it plwhit(darn you).
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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Give me the cameras locations and i'll handle this with my trusty hammer.

Same thing happens here every time they put up a new red-light camera. It gets destroyed until the town gets the message and takes it down. One by my house got smashed a dozen times before they gave up.

Unfortunately someone else kept getting to this one before me
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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If the speed limit is 70, and all the other traffic is going in the 65-75 range, a driver who has an irresistible compulsion to go 80 should get more than just a ticket. He should be court-ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, to address his speed addiction, his narcissism, his delusions of grandeur, or his antisocial behavior issues.
So, 75 in a 70 (which is speeding and, by definition, violating a law) is perfectly fine, but anything over 80 defines me as criminally insane? Yeah, because that 5MPH difference makes me a real maniac.

On most stretches of freeway I've been on where the speed limit is 70 or more, traffic has no problems flowing along at speeds well above that so long as the basic rules of 'drive on the right, pass on the left, and 'slower traffic keep right' are obeyed. You'll usually find this best exemplified on those middle-of-nowhere stretches of freeways like I-40 through most of NM, AZ, and TX. The problem is, any time you get too many cars on the road (typically near a metropolitan area, but not always), these rules are NEVER followed. It turns into a cluster-f of folks congesting the left side, and other folks being impatient and trying stupid maneuvers to get around them. That's where the problems start.

I'm not a fan of the idea of the whole program, but I am surprised that, even with a large sign telling folks there are speed cameras ahead, they still get caught. Come on. That's like having a giant neon sign above the cop hiding in the bushes!

Mike
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:29 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Give me the cameras locations and i'll handle this with my trusty hammer.
You'll probably end up in handcuffs or shot to death.

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While state law prohibits issuing tickets solely on photographic evidence, the mayor said that doesn't apply in Ridgeland because an officer is also there to see the speeder from the van
I don't have a problem with it. I usually do 75-80 on the highway plus they have the sign up so I would slow down until I passed this city...
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