Making Orwell ProudSaturday, May 22, 2010
Here’s a good blog on the evils of E-Z Pass, the creepy kind of stuff they have out east. Illinois also has this, or something similar, which is why I hate the drive from Detroit to Minneapolis, going around Chicago. Invictus says,
I’ve used the E-Z Pass system since its inception, and cannot envision myself sitting on line to pay a toll ever again. In that regard, it is a godsend.
I have, however, often wondered when law enforcement might begin to use the E-Z Pass system to target speeders. Say, for example you enter an E-Z Pass enabled highway at Point X and exit the highway at Point Y. The distance between Point X and Point Y is 80 miles, but you traveled that distance in only an hour. Could be a problem, as the E-Z Pass system knows when and where you entered and when and where you exited. This seems to me like a no-brainer for law enforcement — and it’s indisputable (absent mechanical error) that you averaged 80 MPH.
Then he points to a FAQ on the website of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that reads:
- Are there other technologies that could aid in enforcing speed limits in both urban and suburban areas?
- Two emerging technologies are being used to enforce speed limits. Intelligent speed adaptation links a position of the traveling vehicle via Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and computerized maps with speed limits to determine if the vehicle is speeding. The system may work as an advisory system for the driver or an intervention system that automatically reduces the vehicle’s speed to comply with the speed limit. Point-to-point speed camera technology records the time it takes a vehicle to travel between two camera locations to compute an average speed and compare it to the posted speed limit. This system uses optical recognition technology to match the two photographed vehicle license plates. Point-to-point speed cameras are being used to enforce the speed limit on the Hume Freeway in Victoria, Australia. In the UK, point-to-point speed camera systems are known as “Distributed Average Speed” camera systems and have received government approval.
Indeed, convenience is the key. The intentions of our Orwellian Masters is to make life and travel inconvenient so that you are willing – no, begging – to pay for the “convenience” factor offered by the omnipotent snoop state. This “convenience” of bypassing the waiting game that is holding up the rest of the masses is a crucial tool in tracking everyone’s whereabouts while also extorting payment from individuals for the rent seekers. Thanks to Mikey for the link.