Beware: Speed Trap Ahead
Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick, Northumberland, UK, were
involved in an unusual incident, while checking for speeding motorists on the A1
Great North Road .
One of the officers used a hand-held radar device to check the speed of a
vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when the speed
was recorded at over 300mph. The machine then stopped working and the officers
were not able to reset it. The radar had in fact latched on to a NATO Tornado
fighter jet over the North Sea, which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over
the Border district.
Back at police headquarters the chief constable fired off a complaint to the
RAF [Royal Air Force] Liaison Office. Back came the reply in true laconic RAF
'Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this
incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the
Tornado had automatically locked on to your 'hostile radar equipment' and sent a
jamming signal back to it. Furthermore, the Sidewinder Air-to-ground missiles
aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also locked on to the target. Fortunately
the Dutch pilot flying the Tornado responded to the missile status alert
intelligently and was able to override the automatic protection system before
the missile was launched'.
Will and Guy have seen many techniques, used by various groups, to slow the
speed of traffic down. This attempt has to be one of the best we have come
across; also, it is so much cheaper than speed cameras.
Scroll down to see all three speed control pictures:
Cyclists slow down to avoid this crater-sized "hole" in the middle of a
riverside towpath in London, England. Here we can see a young lady
looking into the "hole"; but, in fact, the hole is an optical illusion, a
three-dimensional drawing of a canyon, in an attempt to make careless
cyclists hit the brakes rather than ride dangerously and ignore pedestrians.
This pavement art is the work of Joe Hill and Max Lowry, who specialise
in three-dimensional images, and it was commissioned by British Waterways
and installed along the Regent's Canal towpath in Islington, North London.
A BW spokesperson informed Will and Guy, 'The towpaths are often narrow
and are full of historic furniture such as low bridges, lock landings and
bollards, all of which are part of the charm of the canal, but aren't ideal
for cyclists who need to get somewhere in a hurry.'
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