Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Possible fine indicator

Possible fine indicator
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As I glanced at the "unbuckled seatbelt" indicator (whatever the official name is) on the dashboard of my car, it occurred to me that a GPS device can locate which state you're in, an onboard computer can look up the appropriate data, and the dashboard can display the possible fine, in dollars. At the moment the thought occurred to me, it would show $50 in big red letters, er, numbers and dollar signs.

To take it further, the speedometer can do the same thing (although trickier, since you have to narrow down your location to the very road you're on and the speed limit on that road in that location).

Now the real test is whether the governments go along with this -- that is, whether they want people to heed the law for the sake of safer roads, or just want the money...

debedb, Mar 11 2003

Last Ticketed Speed http://www.halfbake..._20Ticketed_20Speed
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004]


       We have speed detectors around the city - big signs that display your speed as you approach them, as well as the fine you would be liable for if caught.
Helium, Mar 11 2003

       Big signs should be able to register and "number crunch" your license plate to then display, "Po Tellytub! Yes, you in the pink scootermobile. Buckle up!"
FarmerJohn, Mar 11 2003

       I've seen something on TV about cars that can detect what the speed limit is and apply the brakes automatically if you try to drive faster. I guess they use beakons at the side of the roads.. so i guess your idea would work. In fact your idea of indicating the possible fine rather than actually overiding the control of the car is much better. Its much better for the driver to be in complete control. There may be times when you need to accelrate out of danger..
flipper, Mar 11 2003

       my now deleted anno - about my state of dizziness was a gentle hint that we do not all live in the USA. thanks
po, Mar 11 2003

       Not sure why this got fishboned so heavily, its just a display in the car. The driver is free to ignore it and run the risk of getting caught, just as they are now. Where is the loss of freedom? This is just about informed choice.
krelnik, Mar 11 2003

       <aside>Pennsylvania has a few driver laws that are known as "secondary" offenses. One is the seat belt law, and another is driving with your headlights on during the rain (only really a problem for older cars without daytime running lights). Anyway, the stupid aspect about it is that you cannot be pulled over for a secondary. You can only be charged and fined if you have first been pulled over for something else. (eg speeding). It just seems dumb and inherently wrong to me to have laws on the books that are not considered broken unless done in conjunction with another law.</aside>
waugsqueke, Mar 11 2003

       I think the intent of that is to rein in small-town police departments, who sometimes can't resist the temptation to pull over passers-by for the tiniest little offense.   

       Theres a law with a similar intent here in Georgia regarding radar traps. If any police entity other than the Georgia State Patrol is running a speed trap, they cannot ticket you unless you were going more than 9 miles an hour over the posted limit. Again, to keep a small town sheriff from writing hundreds of tickets for 66 in a 65 zone to drum up revenue. (It only applies to radar/laser stops, if they were pacing you in traffic they can still pull you over).
krelnik, Mar 11 2003

       Perhaps, but even PA state troopers cannot pull you over for not wearing a seat belt. It's $75 tacked on to your speeding ticket, though.
waugsqueke, Mar 11 2003

       'Rich persons only,' lane.
RayfordSteele, Mar 11 2003

       <sammy hagar> I can't drive 55! </sammy hagar>
snarfyguy, Mar 11 2003

       Why is this also in shouldexist? Must there be cross posting between websites?
LoriZ, Mar 11 2003

snarfyguy, Mar 11 2003

       There's a lot of ideas over there that are similar to ideas here. Some suspiciously so, he added.
waugsqueke, Mar 11 2003

       i like this
evilpenguin, Apr 27 2008


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