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 ...
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 p...
But are they telling the truth?
The reason they're not tracking how many motorists have been ticketed for ignoring VSL's is simple, the public would be outraged. And the USDOT knows it.
A recent USDOT report reveals that the Feds are worried motorists will ignore VSL's.
"Driver compliance or driver response is a critical factor for effectiveness of VSL systems."
- Review State and local statutes and agency policies to ensure that a VSL system is enforceable if a regulatory speed limit is desired.
- Begin meeting with law enforcement partners early in the process to discuss any concerns and processes for enforcing the VSL system, if enforcement is required.
- Ensure that law enforcement personnel can safely enforce speed limits with potential safe places to stop violators, if enforcement is required.
The Feds want states to change their laws, so they can collect more money from motorists.
For years, law enforcement has known that speed limits are universally too low. (Click here & here to find out more.)
So why would states use VSL's? So they can grab a piece of the $1 billion of course.
Driving isn't a privilege, it's become a cash cow for the Feds.