|Even the Police said "eye-opening"|
But it's still framed up as almost like service journalism: Don't get caught doing this basically innocent thing we know everybody is doing! The dominant frame is about driver convenience - don't be inconvenienced by a ticket - rather than about road safety and our obligation to other road users.
The full lethality of driving and driving speed is evaded a little.
But look at the scope of the problem:
Once the speed tracking capabilities went live at the intersection of Fisher and Silverton roads NE, more than 1,100 speeding tickets were issued in October, November and December — nearly three times the number of tickets issued to red-light runners at the same intersection in the same three months.
|10mph makes a huge difference - via Placemakers|
When a vehicle approaches an intersection going 11 mph or more over the limit, the system triggers the camera to capture the image of the vehicle and records its speed.The fact that we're surprised remains surprising. Public Works and transportation planners routinely conduct and have access to speed studies, and the 85th percentile engineering doctrine nearly always discloses astonishing levels of speeding.
Here's one from right in front of Statesman-Journal-HQ from the Commercial-Vista Corridor study of a few years ago.
|From the Commercial Vista Corridor study|
If they were surprised at 1,100 over three months,
how about 4000 a day! (red comments added)
The harm and problem is speeding, not the ticket or any intrusive nanny state.
- "Police Publish Video on How to Speed Without a Ticket" from October last year
- And the first discussion of the Commercial Street speeding in "More on the Commercial Vista Corridor Study Issues and Opportunities" from 2014