Tuesday, June 21, 2005

 

Big Brother

In the UK, where gun and violent crime is out of control, a large amount of law enforcement's time is tied up with managing the revenue from Speed Cameras.

See various links.....

Here

Here

And Here

And one showing how the law works in the UK when a police officer is caught speeding

The way speed cameras work is simple. Your elderly mother will be driving home and might be doing 34 MPH in a 30 limit. She will pass one of these cameras which will digitally capture her license plate number, and the computer will automatically send her a thirty pound ($60) fine in the mail. Four of these and she will lose her license.

They also use human-operated cameras to spy on motorists on town centres. Put a wheel over the white line into a bus-only lane to avoid a pot-hole, and if some creep is watching, count on a $200 fine coming through your letterbox in a couple of weeks.

After 60 years of state Socialism, the British people accept this. They basically just lie down and let big brother walk all over them. Amazingly some motorists even support cameras, which are a blatant method whereby the Government adds to the $80BN they already extract from motorists via, for example, the 73% fuel tax which makes gas $6 a gallon.

So anyway, you'll never hear a British politician speaking out; and as I said, even on UK motoring forums, you'll get people defending cameras. So I just feel glad to have left the UK, and quite honestly, just laugh at what a once proud nation will put up with.

Meanwhile, other governments of a similar persuasion to London are also finding electronic motorist surveillance to be a great revenue-raiser. The Chinese, for example. They actually don't tell you when you have triggered a camera, it is the driver's responsibility to keep in touch with the DMV in Beijing or wherever.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese vegetable peddler has asked a Beijing court to overturn police fines totaling more than a year's pay after he made the exact same illegal turn 105 times, state media said Sunday.

Du Baoliang was captured making the illegal turn past a no-entry sign on his way from home to his vegetable stall by a hidden camera, part of a network set up to automatically record traffic violations, reports said.

Du, 40, was unaware of the violations until he went to the traffic management office and was told he owed 10,500 yuan ($1,270) -- more than the 9,422 yuan average annual per capita income for urban residents, reports said.

Du paid the fines, but then sued to get his money back and a further 3,000 yuan in compensation for lost vegetable sales while fighting the case, the Xinhua Daily Telegraph said.

He argues that traffic officials hold some responsibility for failing to notify him that he had broken the law early on.

"Of course I do want to win the case even though I was cited 105 times. If I had received any advice at an early date I would not have done it 105 times," the Beijing News quoted Du as saying.

"The traffic management office is also responsible for their mistake," Du said.

Beijing's Xicheng District People's Court agreed to hear the case, the Xinhua Daily Telegraph said.

The hidden camera system, which requires drivers to check their own records at the traffic management office or by a toll call, has become the subject of media scorn and a target of complaints from drivers.

Another repeat offender, surnamed Tian, has been fined more than 20,000 yuan for 97 speeding tickets in less than one year, but has yet to be notified, the Legal Daily said.



I wonder how long it will be until this system gains popularity in Britain? I'm sure the British politburo is happy to know their ideas are being seized on and developed by other governments with large quantities of peasants to be exploited.
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