Hmmm. The British have been desensitized over the years so anything is possible there but not in the US I don’t think. They lost their guns in the interest of safety, have cameras everywhere in the interest of safety, sensors to determine speed between points, so this is just a natural extension.
When the government, groups of people, organizations, or companies, start talking about stuff like this in the interest of “safety” or “security”, watch out. It is a slippery slope. A little natural risk never hurt anyone and sharpens the instincts.
The British live in one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Personal freedom sometimes takes a back seat to pragmatism. If it catches on here, it won’t be in Maine and New Hampshire, for a while. NH won’t put up with it or enforce it and Maine has so many pot holes and dirt roads, the sensors won’t last.
These scanners are available now but are not embeded in roads. They are also called cops and they are free to check your tire wear indicator bars at any time that they want. If bald tires were an epidemic, then that can be dealt with and no additional money for equipment is needed.
Bing, it should be pointed out that in many places in the USA, cameras are everywhere, and they do have speed checks over distance. After all, if you’ve ever gotten a toll road entry/exit pass, the time that you entered and the time you left the toll road are stamped on it. Pretty trivial to figure out your average speed, and if it’s higher than the speed limit. . .
After reading the article, I too am skeptical at the cops’ claim that it will only be used for informational purposes at checkpoints. If you set up a check point you can measure tread depth with a $5 gauge rather than a $67,500 scanner. The likelihood that these things, if bought, won’t be used for revenue generation seems vanishingly small.
As for not having the money to install these, we don’t have the money to install red light cameras either, which is why private companies are doing so for free in exchange for a cut of the ticket revenue. I’m sure someone would be willing to profit off of this as well.
After all, if you’ve ever gotten a toll road entry/exit pass, the time that you entered and the time you left the toll road are stamped on it. Pretty trivial to figure out your average speed, and if it’s higher than the speed limit. . .
That was tried in NY on the thruway many years ago…It was stopped within a week. Those date/time stamps were NOT in sync. Only way for it to work is the machine that puts the stamp on the ticket needs to be synchronized with all the other toll booths…and they AREN’T.
Very trivial now to sync them. Just have them all grab timesync from a GPS satellite. </b?
Trivial for ONE…not when you have HUNDREDS…And that equipment is NOT going to be updated. The money is being put into the EZPass system. They want people to get EZPass so they can eliminate all or most of the toll takers.
Mike is right. When I wrote a speeding ticket, to avoid it being contested, each needed a statement that the radar device was recently calibrated with a tunning fork(1that dates me) before it became valid. I believe that until a speeding ticket includes a signed statement making the measuring divide legal, it’s subject to regress. It may be easy to do with your gps or whatever but it has to be easily demonstrated and stated that it is done and some “lackey” ( not John) or institution needs to attest to it some how, some where. That may be the rub.
Quote from CapriRacer: I think that would constitute an epidemic. Unquote
It seems that the police, due to their lack of action in regard to worn tires, do not agree with your view.
It would seem reasonable too that there is some safety margin from when tire wear indicators are initially even with the tread. Another way of saying it is if tires worn to the indicators are decidedly treacherous, then the indicator bars are indicating late.