By Damon Dallah
Conventional speed enforcement has its limitations. You can only pull over one vehicle at a time. This method is unproductive, slow and expensive from the government's point of view.
Now with technology growing at a rapid pace, new and alternative methods have been created.
The old system of traffic enforcement simply wasn't doing the job of making the kinds of money our government wants to make.
There are just too many factors:
But that was then, this is now!
Introducing photo radar... the government's latest scheme to generate more money, all in the name of safety.
Within minutes, a photo radar machine can catch dozens of drivers on a single stretch of road. These radar cameras literally do the jobs of several cops.
There's no longer the need to actually pull people over anymore. With traffic cameras, speeding tickets are mailed directly to the home of the offender.
Talk about service!
Since its' beginning, photo radar has been proven to:
The age of photo radar is still in its infancy. To date, there are only 20 or so states that employ this method of speed detection - California, Colorado, Arizona, Ohio and Washington to name a few.
However, the popularity of photo radar is growing by leaps and bounds.
More and more cities across the nation are beginning to catch on to the money making potential that photo radar has. Its relative simplicity and monetary benefits makes photo radar a good choice for many cities.
In areas that are financially strapped, photo radar gives them an immediate answer to their money misery.
Think about it: Within minutes, photo radar can clock dozens of speeding vehicles -- something that would have taken about 10 real cops to accomplish with traditional speed enforcement!
Photo radar, as the name suggests, is a combination of a camera coupled with a radar gun. The two work together. The radar gun is preprogrammed to function at a particular speed.
For example, if a certain street's speed limit is 25 mph, the radar gun might be set to activate when any vehicle travels over 30 mph.
When this happens, the radar gun will instantly trigger the camera to take a picture of the entire vehicle (sometimes it's just the back, other times its the back and front of the vehicle) to get the license plate information.
The picture is electronically filed away and the process is carried on throughout the day and night. Hundreds of individuals will have their picture taken - courtesy of Big Brother.
The following day, a few people will gather all of the pictures that were taken and begin to examine them.
The first thing they will look for is the license plate. If it is blurry or simply unclear, the picture will be disposed of and the next one will be examined.
Once a legible license plate is found, the examiner will then look up the license plate number with the bureau of motor vehicles. The BMV will send back the name and address of the person the car is registered to.
If the name comes back as a male, the examiner will then look to see if a male is sitting behind the wheel of the car. If there is, BINGO! The examiner will then send the registered owner of the car a speeding ticket in the mail.
This process is repeated with the next picture and so on until all available photos have been examined.
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