Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Snitch Signs To Spy On Drivers

Roadside spies who spot drivers breaking the law are on the way - and they're going to let you know what it is you're doing wrong straight away.

The people will watch for drivers breaking safety rules, then use a remote control system to flash personalised warning messages via an electronic sign further down the road.

For example, motorists using a hand-held phone will see the words 'Mobile Phone?' while speeders will be told to 'Slow Down!'. Anyone who's not strapped in and gets seen will be reminded with 'Seat Belt?'.

The sign - which is a first for the UK - has eight pre-programmed messages and is about to be trialled in Oxfordshire. "It will be like a tap on the wrist for drivers, but in a nice way," said Steve Wood, the county's safer roads officer, who came up with the idea.

If it improves road safety significantly,` the system - which has already been dubbed the 'snitch sign' - will be rolled out across the region. It could eventually go nationwide. It was unveiled at the recent Traffex exhibition for the traffic engineering industry at Birmingham NEC, and has been developed by Middlesbrough company Varitext.

Related: Big Brother Snitch Signs Introduced In England


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