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Posted: 3/17/2006 11:16:02 AM EDT


www.thenewspaper.com/news/10/1019.asp

New Camera Mails Tickets to Noisy Cars

New technology allows police to mail automated tickets to cars with loud stereos and noisy exhausts.

Noise cameraTransportation officials are looking to expand the use of photo enforcement to cash in on motorists who blast their stereos or use modified, high-performance exhausts. At least one agency has expressed interest in a ticketing system developed by Acoustic Research Laboratories, a New South Wales company that developed acoustic detection equipment for the Australian Navy.

The fully automated setup mails traffic citations to passing vehicles that exceed a predetermined noise threshold. It can detect loud subwoofers, a noisy exhaust, or even an inopportune honk of the horn.

A combination of sound level meters, cameras and computer processors identify these targets of opportunity. Separate microphone and video modules are pole-mounted in waterproof boxes that communicate with a laptop control unit using WiFi. The manufacturer claims that the system distinguishes predetermined trigger sounds from general background road noise. Once the system is configured, it will generate up to 10,000 tickets before the on-board hard drive is filled. A 10-second video and audio clip is stored for each incident.

Similar red light camera and photo radar technology has generated billions of dollars worldwide. In Washington, DC alone, cameras billed drivers more than $171 million since 1999.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 11:23:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2006 11:25:15 AM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]
Eventually, it'll be too expensive for anyone but the wealthy to drive with all these photo-enforced taxes.

So if this camera catches you honking your horn, you get a ticket, or is it just recorded for later review and those tossed out? If it's illegal to blow your horn, it should be illegal to have a horn. Just make internal-combustion engines illegal and be done with it.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 11:26:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/17/2006 11:27:15 AM EDT by SubnetMask]
I've always found it amusing that we gun owners are pissed because we have to jump through hoops to make our loud guns quiet, while risking a ticket for making our quiet cars loud.
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 11:28:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 12:09:05 PM EDT
Yet another device to allow police officers to avoid doing their jobs. The other day I saw 2 harleys with straight pipes have a drag race right in front of a city cop. The city cops in my town are a total waste of a Crown Vic.
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