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May 31, 2010

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Whitehaven, England – Its amazing the extraordinary lengths that people will go to when fighting what they see as an injustice.

Take Andrew Fowler for instance. Andrew was clocked in Cambridge by a road side tax gathering device i.e. safety camera doing 41mph in a 30 mph limit. Banged to rights by the scamera? Not Andrew, he’s come up with an untried ploy that will keep the lawyers in work, spawn a hundred urban myths and keep the good folk at the Association of British Drivers (ABD), the Drivers’ Alliance and Safe Speed UK busy for months.

Andrew, who is an electrical engineer, is claiming that safety cameras may give false readings when the temperature drops below 0°C.He reckons that the scameras are only accurately calibrated for use between 0°C and 70°C. At lower temperatures the capacitors in the timing circuits slow down, meaning the time between the cameras first and second flash increases making it appear that vehicles are travelling faster than they really are.

Nice one Andrew, if nothing else it will get a few people at the Ministry of Justice, the Home office and the Department of Transport groping for a justifiable excuse as to why you are wrong. Then there’s this colleague of mine caught doing 98mph in a 60 mph limit. It was very hot evening and he swears that he was only doing just over sixty. Does the Fowler theory hold for high temperatures too I wonder!

Unsurprisingly the confirmation by Secretary of State for Transport, Phillip Hammond, that the coalition government’s pledge to end central government funding for new fixed speed cameras will be held too has gone down like a lead balloon with the road safety lobby. Could things get any worse for the road safety charities, QANGO’s, trusts, manufactures, contractors, do gooders and ex police officers on final salary pensions who people the road safety world. Not only massive cuts in the grants that fund them but now restrictions on their best-loved toy, the safety camera.

But not to worry Road Safety GB has called for a “comprehensive review of the effectiveness of safety cameras before making any decisions about their future funding.”  Brilliant move on Road Safety GB’s part. As all mandarin watchers will know a Comprehensive Review = Just the same as a “Review“, only likely to take up to 18 months to be completed. Right that only leaves three years of the fixed term government to sort before its business as usual safety camera wise!

The actor, director, photographer, painter, and sculptor Dennis Hopper has died.

His involvement, actor, co-writer, director, with the 1969 American road movie Easy Rider made Hopper one of my favourite actors. Consumption of marijuana and down home American ‘Zen’ philosophising aside Easy Rider is one of the few biking films that, in my view, gets anywhere near exploring the freedom of motorcycling. With a sub text that examines the lost idealism of the 1960s US Easy Rider remains a classic of the counterculture genre.

Dennis Lee Hopper May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010

Ride In Peace

© Back Roads Rider 2010

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