Over the years, I’ve had so many arguments on my radio program about speed cameras, but I love them and I’d be happy if there was one on every street. My handful of speed-camera fines over 30 years of driving forced me to stop speeding.
Most of us have smart phones with GPS-enabled chips in them. They enable Facebook to know where we are when we check in and Map My Ride to show how fast we went on that bike ride. It’s amazing technology.
So, why can’t we put a GPS chip in every motor vehicle that alerts the authorities any time the speed limit is exceeded?
We could send the data from the chip to a central point. And the only data I’m talking about is in relation to a vehicle’s speed measured against the limit on a specific road.
No speed cameras, no officers standing on the side of the road, no-point-to-point, but whenever you speed, you pay for it.
Driving above the speed limit would end overnight.
Civil libertarians would scream because they all have this fetish that someone actually cares where they go on their day-to-day travels. Nobody does.
Obviously, if we set up this system, there’d still have to be an avenue of appeal and some discretion, but by and large, motorists would be aware that if they drive above the speed limit, they’ll be fined.
Who’s with me ?
Mark Parton is the breakfast announcer on 2CC