Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Spotted - School Radar

How much money did we spend on those school zone radar signs. Who had that bright idea?

A while back, the one by Tully Health Center just blinked 98, 87, 76, 65, 54, 43, 32, 21 ... and reset. What do they run on? Windows? Lately I haven't seen it working. (That's true for about half of them I've seen - not working.)

The one on Tom's Road seems to be active on Saturday. Wonder if it's active on Monday? Do these things not have a way to sync up the calendar to tell what day of the week it is? How much does that cost in runnning costs?

I find the whole thing a giant waste of money. This is just yet another attempt to throw technology at a problem. I work in technology so I should know something about this. Technology never works and always costs too much. Technology is seen as a magic potion to sprinkle on any problem. How's that going to stop people from speeding in school zones? Does a flashing yellow light really slow down the person chatting away on their phone?

Would be simpler (and I bet cheaper, mabye even profitable) to setup some speed traps and put some police officers out there handing out tickets. I believe  that would also be a better detterent. Although I can't every recall running into one of these ever in my time here in Stamford. 

I bet that would be more effective than a sign flashing 98, 87, 76, 65... reboot.

1 comment:

Jonathan "JR" said...

I think the one before Stamford High when you're heading north is the rebellious one: It counts UP instead of down - 12, 23, 34, 45, 56, etc.