The Photo Radar: Coming To An Intersection Near You!

by admin on August 13, 2010

The way cops hand out speeding tickets has its limits. A police officer can pull over only one car at a time. As far as the governments view this is too expensive and slow.

Now with technology growing at a rapid pace, new and alternative methods have been created.

So the government in its great ‘wisdom’ decided it wasn’t collecting enough money with the old system.

This was because there were too many components involved. First they needed to have the police officer to pull you over. This involves the use of an expensive police car. Then there was no guarantee the officer wouldnt let you go with a warning.

And last, in the time it took the officer to pull you over and write a ticket, many more people go speeding by, so there was money lost from not pulling them over!

So the photo radar was introduced to take handing out tickets to a whole new level. They can do the job of many officers.

With photo radar also known as traffic cameras, speeding tickets are simply mailed to the offender. Talk about customer service!

Photo radar has been effective for municipalities. It has saved tremendous amounts of time and resources of police departments. It maximizes resources available for other enforcement, conviction rates went up, and also your insurance premiums.

The age of photo radar is still in its infancy. To date, there are only 20 or so states that employ this method of speed detection – California, Colorado, Arizona, Ohio and Washington to name a few.

The photo radar is such a money maker that its popularity is growing fast.

Many cities are beginning to join the growing ranks of municipalities using photo radar because of the automaticity of its revenue generation.

Photo radar can give a financially troubled city an almost immediate injection of revenue.

Looking at it from the municipalities’ point of view it makes perfect sense. One photo radar can do the work of what would normally take a small army of real officers.

How does a photo radar work you may ask? Think of it as a radar gun and a high quality camera rolled up into one. It gets programmed to take a photo of your license plate at a certain speed.

For example, if a certain street’s speed limit is 25 mph, the radar gun might be set to activate when any vehicle travels over 30 mph.

So when the photo radar unit detects a car passing it at a speed over the predetermined speed it will take a picture of your plate. This picture is stored and the process keeps going on 24/7. Courtesy of big brother, bundreds of drivers can be ticketed this way.

When the database of the photo radar is accessed at a later time, they photos will be examined inaccurancies.

The first thing they will look for is the license plate. If it is blurry or simply unclear, the picture will be disposed of and the next one will be examined.

Once a legible license plate is found, the examiner will then look up the license plate number with the bureau of motor vehicles. The BMV will send back the name and address of the person the car is registered to. If the name comes back as a male, the examiner will then look to see if a male is sitting behind the wheel of the car. If there is, BINGO! The examiner will then send the registered owner of the car a speeding ticket in the mail.

This process is repeated until all the pictures from the photo radar have been gone through, until the next batch arrives. Photo radar enforcement is on the rise, hopefully this article will give you a heads up about it.


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