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"Warning, You Are Approaching a Radar-Controlled Speed Camera"



July 13, 2009 By

Radar detectors -- outlawed in many jurisdictions -- have been upgraded in a sort of "don't get caught" social networking strategy. Red light camera locations are among files that can be downloaded from POI Factory, a GPS user group, or companies such as PhantomAlert that specialize in avoiding radar- and camera-equipped intersections or other locations. There's even an iPhone application called Trapster.

Downloaded to an iPhone or GPS device, the camera locations data provide a warning when a motorist approaches one of the camera-equipped intersections. According to a recent Washington Examiner story, Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier said using such technology was a "cowardly tactic." The article said D.C.'s, 290 cameras provided nearly $1 billion in revenue during a recent three-year period.


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JamesCanby    |    Commented July 14, 2009

The DC Police Chief says that being warned about speed cameras is a "cowardly tactic?!" We all know that speed cameras aren't about safety, they are about REVENUE, as evidenced by the statement that DC has collected about ONE BILLION DOLLARS in fines over the last three years based on these cameras. Imagine what would happen if everyone obeyed the speed limit -- where would DC get a billion dollars to replace that lost revenue? She (the Police Chief) also doesn't seem to understand that knowing where the cameras are means that people will slow down ... and isn't that the desired result, anyway?

JamesCanby    |    Commented July 14, 2009

The DC Police Chief says that being warned about speed cameras is a "cowardly tactic?!" We all know that speed cameras aren't about safety, they are about REVENUE, as evidenced by the statement that DC has collected about ONE BILLION DOLLARS in fines over the last three years based on these cameras. Imagine what would happen if everyone obeyed the speed limit -- where would DC get a billion dollars to replace that lost revenue? She (the Police Chief) also doesn't seem to understand that knowing where the cameras are means that people will slow down ... and isn't that the desired result, anyway?

JamesCanby    |    Commented July 14, 2009

The DC Police Chief says that being warned about speed cameras is a "cowardly tactic?!" We all know that speed cameras aren't about safety, they are about REVENUE, as evidenced by the statement that DC has collected about ONE BILLION DOLLARS in fines over the last three years based on these cameras. Imagine what would happen if everyone obeyed the speed limit -- where would DC get a billion dollars to replace that lost revenue? She (the Police Chief) also doesn't seem to understand that knowing where the cameras are means that people will slow down ... and isn't that the desired result, anyway?

Anonymous    |    Commented July 14, 2009

Hey, if you really want to cut the city's revenue, then follow the speed limit and stop at red lights. Everybody wins...

Anonymous    |    Commented July 14, 2009

Hey, if you really want to cut the city's revenue, then follow the speed limit and stop at red lights. Everybody wins...

Anonymous    |    Commented July 14, 2009

Hey, if you really want to cut the city's revenue, then follow the speed limit and stop at red lights. Everybody wins...

Gary Wallerrrr    |    Commented July 16, 2009

Lets face it, like everything else government does, the stated purpose (which is usually benevolent sounding - i.e. feed the starving children, reduce traffic injuries) is almost never the real motivation behind creating some new "program" or implementing a new law. Lowered speed limits in the name of safety are an old ploy, just a way of producing revenue by creating a ridiculous low limit that is unrealistic and difficult to maintain - the common speed trap. These cameras are nothing more than a higher-tech version of the old gag with the motorcycle cop hiding behind the billboard. A cheap trick and nothing more than a revenue producing device. In some places they even sink as low as shortening yellow light times to trick drivers into running a red...dirty and low! The best way I have found to keep their thieving hands out of my pockets is to know where the cameras are and avoid them entirely when possible. The simplest way is to use your auto GPS unit and program it with camera and sped trap data.

Gary Wallerrrr    |    Commented July 16, 2009

Lets face it, like everything else government does, the stated purpose (which is usually benevolent sounding - i.e. feed the starving children, reduce traffic injuries) is almost never the real motivation behind creating some new "program" or implementing a new law. Lowered speed limits in the name of safety are an old ploy, just a way of producing revenue by creating a ridiculous low limit that is unrealistic and difficult to maintain - the common speed trap. These cameras are nothing more than a higher-tech version of the old gag with the motorcycle cop hiding behind the billboard. A cheap trick and nothing more than a revenue producing device. In some places they even sink as low as shortening yellow light times to trick drivers into running a red...dirty and low! The best way I have found to keep their thieving hands out of my pockets is to know where the cameras are and avoid them entirely when possible. The simplest way is to use your auto GPS unit and program it with camera and sped trap data.

Gary Wallerrrr    |    Commented July 16, 2009

Lets face it, like everything else government does, the stated purpose (which is usually benevolent sounding - i.e. feed the starving children, reduce traffic injuries) is almost never the real motivation behind creating some new "program" or implementing a new law. Lowered speed limits in the name of safety are an old ploy, just a way of producing revenue by creating a ridiculous low limit that is unrealistic and difficult to maintain - the common speed trap. These cameras are nothing more than a higher-tech version of the old gag with the motorcycle cop hiding behind the billboard. A cheap trick and nothing more than a revenue producing device. In some places they even sink as low as shortening yellow light times to trick drivers into running a red...dirty and low! The best way I have found to keep their thieving hands out of my pockets is to know where the cameras are and avoid them entirely when possible. The simplest way is to use your auto GPS unit and program it with camera and sped trap data.


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