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Tracking speeding offenders

The question

The RAC suggests that persistent speeding offenders be forced to fit electonic tracking devices to their cars with data downloaded by police. Will this work?

Within two years we will see a significant number of cars fitted with GPS devices for insurance purposes. Those whose 'black boxes' show that they drive offpeak, in daylight, and at sensible speeds will be offered discounts that will encourage take-up. The threat of claims being invalidated by the black box proving contributory negligence will force us all to slow down.

Tony O'Donnell, 40, engineering manager, Warwickshire Tracking devices seem a bit sinister and nanny state-ish, but I am all for them if they cut down speed. I write as a reformed speeder, having opted for the driver education course instead of the points when I was caught speeding in Lancashire.

Julie Turner, 38, traffic engineer, Whitby It's time to make speeding less attractive. Get rid of all the namby pamby safety features that give us the feeling of being able to drive above our ability.

No seat belts for starters. Tyres to be a maximum of 100mm wide and have no tread, and it should be compulsory to have a sharpened metal spike protruding from the steering wheel. That should concentrate the mind.

Robert Pike, 42, project manager, Exeter India has a much better solution.

Police in Bihar force errant drivers to 'leapfrog.' They must sit on their haunches, hold their ears and hop for half a kilometre. That should make a speeder think twice!

Kenneth Brown, 32, structures engineer, Edinburgh Unless the 'persistent speeders' fail to slow down as they pass speed cameras, how are they to be identified in the first place?

Derek Goodchild, 57, assistant chief engineer, Hampshire The RAC's solution seems a bit Big Brother to me. We need a cultural change so that speeding is considered unacceptable in the same way that drink driving has become.

Charis Fowler, 32, senior engineer, Midlands Why restrict it to the cars of proven bad motorists- The technology is here and cheap enough to fit as standard. There would be nothing more likely to change the motoring culture than the sure knowledge that a speeding ticket will follow if one goes over the limit. So why postpone the inevitable?

Philip Norris, 59, managing director, Tutbury The only way to make cameras meaningful is by some form of monitoring.

Robin Thomson, structural engineer, Linlithgow I believe speed cameras do work and have contributed to a significant decline in traffic accidents. Charles Brewerton, project engineer, Brighton To prove the scheme it will first have to be fitted to all police and RAC vehicles. It can then be quietly abandoned.

Geoff Home, 55, director, North Yorkshire A 'safe speed' is a factor of the road conditions and not the same as the speed limit - how could this be assessed?

Rob Andrew, 39, Cornwall

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