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Disgusting

In which we do not like an empty justification


Today’s Guardian front-page story: an advisor to parliament called Robert Gifford is using July 7th as an excuse for advocating automatically prosecuting anybody driving without a seatbelt or whilst using the phone – and, by extension, tracking all cars in the country. The logic behind this: the evil murderers used a car shortly before the attack.

Similar car-tracking plans have been around for a while; as existing car-tracking systems are expanded, the police push and push for them to be extended to the entire major road network. I don’t like the idea. What really sickens me, though, is people like Robert Gifford who try to sell the proposals by bringing up July 7th. Yes, Mr Gifford, like most people in the country, the July 7th murderers travelled by car. That does not mean that they would have been stopped if the police knew where their car was.*

There may be legitimate reasons for car-tracking – stopping banned and uninsured drivers, for example. Stopping terrorism is definitely not one of them; and Robert Gifford is a horrible and reprehensible person for trying to make you think it is.

* Unless, of course, the police are going to stop every car from Northern England that suddenly appears in the Home Counties.

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Trackable

In which we wonder where road safety meets surveillance


The police have come up with a cunning plan to track every car on the British motorway network. Oh, wonderful. I’m an innocent person.* In theory I’ve got nothing to fear from the police. I’m still uncomfortable at the idea of them having 2 years’ records of my travels around the country, though.

A proposed speed-limit crackdown has already been in the news; and cameras tracking you every quarter-mile of your journey would be an ideal tool to do it with. My own belief – which is entirely unscientific, of course – is that I’m a less safe driver when I think the limit is being strictly checked, because I spend more of my time checking the speed needle rather than checking the road.

* well, I tend to drive at 75mph, but that’s all.

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