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Traffic Column Motion Capture Device

Beat speeding tickets, every time -- it's no longer your word against his
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Sure, he may have a radar or laser printout, but you have the Traffic Column Motion Capture Device, which uses the latest radar and adaptive cruise technology to capture the speed of cars around you for a distance commensurate with your speed -- up to a mile or so, let's say.

Automatically activated by the cop's use of the radar or by the push of a button during especially fast trips upstate, it would keep either an instant or the last N minutes of the speeds and relative positions of these nearby cars. It's nothing that hasn't been done by the Aegis cruiser or a carrier group.

Later when showing up in court, the arguments of "I was driving with the traffic" or selective enforcement, or in fact "he stopped me by mistake, it was the other guy in the Porche" might have some real weight.

theircompetitor, Jan 31 2004

I dunno http://www.halfbake...a/Tivo_20For_20Cars
...I think you'd find this much more generally useful. [DrCurry, Oct 04 2004]

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       All these "beat speeding tickets" ideas - someone got a ticket lately?
DrCurry, Jan 31 2004
  

       I drive to work downtown NYC from Central Jersey. It's a fact of life.
theircompetitor, Jan 31 2004
  

       Yeah, well, what do expect when you live in New Joisey? And isn't there a ferry you can take?
DrCurry, Jan 31 2004
  

       Actually, it's fine most of the time, since I come in at 10:30 or so -- roads are empty, that's why the speeding ticket concern. And I park at the most strategically located parking lot in the city.   

       love driving, and I don't tend to get colds ever since stopping to use mass transit. 3 of us car pool.   

       The ferry may be fun to try in the summer, I suppose
theircompetitor, Jan 31 2004
  

       humanbean: I'm pretty sure it's possible to figure out the difference between motionless and moving objects.   

       As to your second point: I can't empathize with the judge. He doesn't get tickets.   

       As to your third point: exactly :)   

       Part of the reason that it doesn't fly is that you can't prove it.
theircompetitor, Jan 31 2004
  

       Am I to understand that the purpose of your device is not to prove that you weren't violating the law, but to show that you weren't the only one violating the law? As a legal strategy it seems to fall just shy of pleading vehicular insanity.
dalziel, Jan 31 2004
  

       dalziel: selective enforcement is problematic from a legal point of view, since it may violate the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, the Equal Protection clause. For instance, I may argue that I was stopped because I was driving a red sports car while the guy in the minivan -- or the city bus -- was allowed to proceed.   

       Imagine you could gather these statistics for a while and prove that practically all motorists are routinely at 10 miles over the speed limit when these stops occur, which I think is typical on the NJ Turnpike, and in fact, they do stop sports cars, a "driving while in sports car" syndrome. You might now have a serious basis on which to challenge the speed limit law.   

       You'll also note from my original description that I may also be able to show that the reading the cop got matched another car, not mine.
theircompetitor, Jan 31 2004
  

       I expect the first thing the judge will do is question the validity and accuracy of your technology vs the proven performance of the policeman's. Just playing devil's advocate here, but it would take a while (or an expensive attorney) before your position would be arguable.
dalziel, Jan 31 2004
  

       Um, tc, how are you going to prove that you were driving "with the traffic" when the "roads are empty"...?
DrCurry, Jan 31 2004
  

       And now you understand why I'm nearing suspension :)   

       But it's too hard to wake up early in the morning.
theircompetitor, Jan 31 2004
  

       DrCurry: I have my credit card ready, what # to call? :)
theircompetitor, Feb 01 2004
  
      
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