Marcus Aurelius: Self driving cars will have an unfair advantage.
HoratioGates: "The idea? Put a speed monitor on a busy highway. But instead of simply ticketing the fastest drivers, the monitor would capture an image of the license plates of the drivers who obey the speed limit, then enter them into a lottery."So now we are creating a database of the people who are obeying the law?
HoratioGates: So now we are creating a database of the people who are obeying the law?
daRog: By SARAH NETTERDec. 8, 2010A story so old it's new again.
eKonk: Result of implementing this? Major traffic jams right before the speed monitors, followed by reckless pursuit of top speed just after.
cyberspacedout: Finally, I can get my money back from Sammy Hagar.
JNowe: HoratioGates:So now we are creating a database of the people who are obeying the law?Pretty sure there's already a database somewhere containing all registered drivers.
berylman: I swear I am the only person who drives the absolute speed limit +/- 1-2 mph at all times without extenuating circumstances. I feel like the square guy from Dragnet.
lordargent: How about we raise the speed limits to a level that actually represents what a large percentile of the population actually drives, and then crack down on far more dangerous behaviors (tailgating, distracted driving, failing to signal).That way1. Left lane sitters feel justified sitting in the #1 lane because they're "doing the speed limit".2. People won't suddenly start driving nervously and unnaturally the second a police vehicle gets on the freeway.// Here's a snippet from the CALTRANS freeway monitor.// these are the average speeds across a 5 lane freeway.// The speed limit on this stretch is 65 mph// Once people pass the truck scales/checkpoint (read, heavy police presence) ... the average speed jumps up to 70+[img.fark.net image 241x209]
Sin_City_Superhero: Sure. You have a 1 in a trillion chance of winning money if you follow the speed limit. But my odds of having fun blasting down the highway at triple-digit speeds are much, much greater.
Cosmic Cowboy: berylman: I swear I am the only person who drives the absolute speed limit +/- 1-2 mph at all times without extenuating circumstances. I feel like the square guy from Dragnet.No, the streets are loaded with assholes like you around here (northern VA)/I keep//kinda///three for the throttle
Cosmic Cowboy: No, the streets are loaded with assholes like you around here (northern VA)
Highroller48: Yup, only took 6 posts. Glad to see that Americans are still pants-wettingly scared of the Big Bad Gubmint. Never change, folks, you're too adorable as you are.
berylman: Cosmic Cowboy: No, the streets are loaded with assholes like you around here (northern VA)No, it's cool and I get it and get honked at sometimes. And yes I will speed up just to keep the flow of traffic on pace.
drtgb: My city tried this many years ago. If the police saw you do something 'good' like yield to a pedestrian, drive in a safe manner or whatever, they'd pull up behind you, hit the lights, pull you over and give you a free movie ticket.It was cancelled because people hated the feeling of fear that raced through you when you saw lights flashing behind you. Not cool. Lasted about a month before the police gave up due to complaints.
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