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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