A nightmare driving scenario, is slowly making its way across the country. As states begin installing 'Variable Speed Limits' (VSL) and granting law enforcement access to speed limits, which can be changed on a whim.
Imagine you are cruising down the highway, obeying the posted speed limit of 75 MPH only to find out that you're being ticketed for driving 15 miles over the speed limit.
How can this happen you ask?
In cash strapped America, it is now possible for the police to change speed limits using VSL's. States like Wyoming, Oregon, Georgia, Washington, Utah, New Jersey, Florida and Minnesota. have already begun using them
The USDOT is paying states $1 billion to use VSL's to create 'aggressive congestion-relief programs'.
But how will states payback the $1 billion?
By ticketing motorists of course.
The Georgia DOT claims, VSL's aren't being used to create speed traps...
"Our ability to remotely change the speed limit on the corridor is not intended to create speed traps. Rather, the changing speed limits are designed to create safer travel by preventing accidents and stop-and-go conditions."
Law enforcement would never use VSL's to ticket unsuspecting motorists right?
An article in the UK Sun claims, police used VSL's to fine 40,320 motorists, 21 million euros or roughly $25 million dollars. Motorists in the UK also lose three points on their driving record for each VSL offense.
And just like the UK, the USDOT claims VSL's will be used to relieve congestion and reduce the possibility of accidents.
"Ideally, approaching traffic will slow down and pass through the problem area at a slower but more consistent speed reducing stop and go traffic. By reducing stop and go traffic we’re also reducing the probability of an accident by giving drivers more time to react to changing road conditions. This helps drivers avoid the need to brake sharply as they approach congestion."
But are they telling the truth?
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