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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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RE: Oh the poor motorists....
By P4blo on 2/26/2008 11:38:19 AM , Rating: 3
What are you on about? The civil liberties thing is about the government knowing too much about everyone, not just the few people who break road laws! You've got the wrong end of the stick.

Currently all the cameras can detect car number plates - meaning that it's very easy to track a vehicle all around town. Now with this technology, in theory they also know roughly how many people are in it. I bet they'd just love to add these little infrared beams to all the cameras, not just car sharing lanes (which dont even exist here at the moment anyhow LOL). Reading the American comments on here makes me laugh, you guys really dont have a clue what you're on about most of you :)

The REAL issue here is how governments are using the excuse of enforcing things like traffic laws to bring in new cunning technologies that are really in place to a). earn revenue, and b). track terrorist suspects. Sadly our civil liberties are eroded because of poor foreign policy (thanks Blair and Bush). Any time a new bit of tech comes along that helps them track suspects better they jump at it. That's the REAL problem here.

RE: Oh the poor motorists....
By dever on 2/26/2008 4:05:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'm one American that thinks you're on target. But there are many who don't realize that the more power you give to government, the greater the potential for misuse or abuse. Some feel that we just need the "right person" in office to manage all that excessive power... a sad, baseless optimism (or "hope").

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