Police to Use Public Shaming, Not Fines, on New Smart Highway

Similar technology is used to measure and display the speed in other parts of the world 1 photo
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Having the driver’s license suspended is obviously a lot worse than a simple fine, but if you ask the Australian police, there’s something that drivers fear much more than getting a ticket.
It’s public shaming, a concept that the police now want to use for Perth’s new highway, as the local authorities have decided to no longer issue any fines for drivers caught breaking the speed limit over the next 12 months.

As per local reports, speedsters have been quite a problem on the new freeway sector between Roe Highway and the Narrow’s Bridge ever since the grand opening last month, but even so, the police believe that not issuing any fines is the right way to go.

So what they’re going to do is use the available latest-generation technology installed on the highway to actually make drivers feel bad about breaking the speed limit.

Using the 15 cameras that are installed on this highway sector, the police will thus determine the speed of each car, and if found to be over the limit, then the current speed is displayed on the electronic signs for everybody to see it.

Beginning next year, however, the police want to start issuing fines for both those who drive faster than the speed limit and lawbreakers.

For example, one particular problem on the new freeway is that too many drivers stop in the breakdown bays simply because they want to talk on the phone or just wait there for no reason. So while the authorities are now issuing warnings to all these drivers, things could change completely in 12 months if the public shaming approach makes no difference.

And there’s no doubt this isn’t going to work, as showing the current speed on an electronic sign isn’t necessarily something that can change the bad habit of always driving above the limit.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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