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New traffic cams in the UK make Dracula proud

Most drivers in larger cities where carpool lanes are common have seen the lone driver cruising in the HOV lane oblivious to the rules. Sometimes these lane raiders get caught, but more often than not they get away with going solo in the HOV lane.

Some people try all sorts of trickery to get away with using the HOV lane with only one person in the car from putting photographs on the windshield to fool traffic cameras to using mannequins or blow up dolls. A new camera system is being installed in the UK that can tell how many people are in the car by detecting the amount of blood and bodily fluids are present with the expectation of thwarting these types of offenses.

The new CCTV system will first be used in Leeds, but could eventually find its way across the UK. The cameras work by shooting an infrared beam through the windshield of a car that is able to detect the blood and other fluids inside people in the car.

Similar technology has been used in the hospital setting for years called pulse oximetery which uses an infrared beam to detect how much oxygen is dissolved in the blood. If these cameras work on a similar principal to detect blood is unknown.

Professor John Tyrer headed the Loughborough University team that created the device told Daily Mail, “It [the cameras] allows you to count people.” UK motoring organizations say that the cameras are yet another intrusion on the private lives of motorists.

Whether or not CCTV cameras actually help reduce crime in the UK is a topic of debate. DailyTech reported a study in 2007 that showed the CCTV cameras in use in the UK did not reduce crime.

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By DASQ on 2/25/2008 6:42:41 PM , Rating: 5
I guess UK'ers will resort to peeing, pooping, and bleeding into a bag, throwing in their glove compartment, and ride the bodily-fluid only HOV lane.

What kind of sensitivities will this thing have anyway? What if it's a hemophiliac adult with a baby? Will one super bloody dude be able to pass as two people?

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By DASQ on 2/25/2008 6:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
A freshly 'tapped' hemophiliac adult, I forgot to add.

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By StevoLincolnite on 2/25/2008 11:02:59 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention a tax/fine on the amount of flatulences that may escape out through the car window.

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By nerdye on 2/25/2008 6:48:12 PM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't be necessary to bleed into a bag so you had more blood in your car if you complete and udder fat ass, lol.

Fat people, taking up more than their seat at the movie theaters, and airplanes for far to long, now they will be clogging up the fast lanes too!

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By Samus on 2/25/2008 7:04:08 PM , Rating: 3
Give's a whole new meaning to 'fill-er-up'

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By spluurfg on 2/26/2008 6:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... I know plenty of girls who weigh around 42kg each, where as I'm sure the woman sitting in front of me in the plane the other day was at least 130kg. As the body is mostly fluid...

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By treehugger87 on 2/25/2008 7:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
It detects oxyen dissolved in the blood, so by bleeding into a bag the blood is exposed to the air and loses its oxygen content, thus explaining why blood becomes darker red when you bleed or when it is outside the body in general. Therefor the system basically only detects blood that has been circulating through the pulmonary system --> you have to be alive, or freshly deceased

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By Howard on 2/25/2008 9:24:25 PM , Rating: 2
Why would blood have a higher oxygen content than air?

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By HOOfan 1 on 2/25/2008 10:15:51 PM , Rating: 3
I think you have that backwards...Blood is red when the Iron in the hemoglobin is oxygenated.

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By Gul Westfale on 2/25/2008 10:28:30 PM , Rating: 1
retarded, but these things usually are. governments tend to overthink these things, and come up with "solutions" that either make no sense or that the average guy can circumvent in the time it takes to read this sentence. so they will just stuff some extra "bodily fluid" somewhere in their car... wonder what bill clinton would do? "bodily fluid"?

and since we are talking about hemoglobin, here is the obligatory house quote:
"everyone lies."

and my personal (albeit unrelated) favourite:
"girls can't hold me for too long because i only pay for an hour."

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By Tsuwamono on 2/25/2008 11:23:45 PM , Rating: 2
i think everyone is missing the point that you can basicly put bottles of water in your car since these will be much less sophisticated then the ones in hospitals.

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