"He was driving an estimated 56 mph, nearly twice the speed limit...He was issued two citations: speeding and negligent driving. He pleaded guilty to the former, and a judge found him not guilty of the latter, saying there was no evidence of errant driving beyond speed. Cokinos was fined $160, and he went forward with his career on the force."
Like a regular speed camera, it can fine drivers who go over the speed limit, but there's also a carrot to go with that stick. If you follow the speed limit, you are entered into a lottery with cash prizes!
Paying drivers not to speed could be the next step in the war against the road toll, a US study has concluded. The study, undertaken by research company Udini and partly funded by the US Government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, found that speeding was virtually eliminated among a group of drivers who were offered US$25 ($25) a week not to exceed the speed limit. The report concluded there were "dramatic reductions in speeding" with even modest financial incentives.
Florida’s Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad was ticketed on a Tallahassee street for doing 44 in a 35. A short time later, DOT commenced a study of road conditions and decided to raise the speed limit to 45.
A German judge has shot to popularity after letting 42 speeding drivers off without charges in the last week because he thinks speed controls merely serve to fill the state's coffers rather than prevent accidents.
A spokesman for Herford court in northwestern Germany, said the judge, Helmut Knoener, believed speed controls were not conducted to ensure greater road safety, but rather to provide the cash-strapped state with an additional source of income.
Many new, unusual state laws will take effect when the ball drops at midnight and millions of Americans ring in the New Year, including one that will limit the number of cats in a household. Also: a fine of $1,000 on anyone who pops a wheelie on a motorcycle while speeding; Illinois is also imposing a law cracking down on those who posses, sell or distribute shark fins; in Concord, Mass., plastic bottles will be considered contraband; it will no longer be illegal to flash your headlights in Florida to warn drivers about a speeding trap set by police; etc.
Many people call them "speed traps," cops call them "Speed Enforcement Details." Regardless, they're designed to save lives, but this weekend, a woman on a motorcycle was killed while being pulled over. "They were wearing helmets. They don't drink. They were out for a nice "Sunday cruise" and now Margie is gone," said the victim's friend, Nancie Risola. "Margie's not gone because they were going a little over the speed limit," Risola said. "She's gone because they were stopped in an unsafe place."