Two men have lost their appeal to European courts over the use of speed cameras. They claimed it violated their human rights to be forced to reveal who was driving the car. Or something. Maybe they had a case. I don’t care: it’s transparent bollocks, and everyone knows it.
I wish they’d just come out and say what they really mean: “I want to drive faster”. This is it. This is the sole motiviation behind complaints about speed cameras. They couldn’t care less about road safety, and they couldn’t care less about their civil liberties. Nobody spends time talking about speed limits and safety measures on the railways. It’s obvious what this is really about, and I’m sick of it.
The never-ending complaints about devices that punish people for breaking the law are moronic, laughable and pathetic. ‘Money-making devices’, ‘nanny state’, etc. etc.. For crying out loud! It is not obvious to me that it’s safe to do 90 on the motorway. It is not obvious to me that it is safe to do 40 in a 30 zone when ‘it’s quiet’, ‘the houses are set back’, ‘I have a 2 litre car’ or whatever tedious excuse people come up with when they just want to drive faster1. Neither is it apparently obvious to the road safety experts who create the laws.
If you really, really think that it’s safe to drive faster, bloody well start a campaign to have the limits raised. Or a variable speed system. Or a free-for-all where the onus is on fragile humans to keep away from massive kinetic machines. Whatever. Something tangible, backed up with proper, statistical evidence that isn’t something you heard Jeremy Clarkson say. Complaining about enforcement and not the law itself just makes me think you have no case.
I’ll bother listening once speed-camera campaigners have something to say that doesn’t smack of a complete disregard for the expertise of road safety experts, other road users and the legal system. Until then it’s just the ramblings of a bunch of speed-junkies.
- incidentally, I suspect the feeling of speed is entirely subjective: 50 feels terribly slow once you get off the motorway. People don’t want to drive faster, they want to drive faster than everyone else [↩]