Drones to reduce traffic violations?

According to WTO (World Health Organisation), 1,25 million died by road traffic related accidents globally in 2013. Not to mention the several millions of serious injuries. Either these numbers tells us that people do not take the regulations and restrictions regarding road traffic as serious as they should, else road traffic is dangerous itself. Nevertheless, with this in mind, it is a pleasure to present to you a solution that is currently occurring on trials in Bordeaux, France. This is the story about flying drones – an innovation that might be able to catch drivers that are violating the traffic regulations.

Basically, it is a flying machine that is equipped with a camera that provides police officers with a live-stream of a wide area, which makes the whole process of catching crazy drivers more efficient. When a driver, who’s for instance driving like a complete maniac, is spotted, the drone will keep track of him until a cop easily can pull him or her over. Unfortunately, it is not possible for the drone to detect if a driver is breaking a speed limit, but it most certainly has the possibility to spot a drunk driver driving that’s struggling with the matter of keeping the vehicle steady.

The article mentions some criticism against this idea, with the concern that some motorists might take their eyes of the road just to spot the drones, thus causing more accidents. Nevertheless, the government is reported to be interested in further expansions within this system. In my opinion, this is probably the most accurate argumentation against such an innovation. If this drone actually works, it might save the police a lot of time in their fight against traffic violations. On the other hand, if the statistics later on can show that the drones sometimes actually is the cause of some accidents, then this investment will be a total waste of money. In addition, I suppose some violators might even just blame the drones, even though it was entirely the driver’s fault, just as an attempt to get more excused.

Even though I mentioned that road traffic is reason of millions of peoples deaths, my opinion is that the police has more important tasks to do than chasing bad drivers. If an innovative product like this might allow the officers to spend their time within other crime areas, it’s definitely worth giving a shot. Like in business life, one can compare the police resources to a company’s resources. An innovation that can relief the pressure of a certain department within an organization is considered beneficial. The environment is constantly changing and one can assume that the police officers also faces changes in their daily works. With implementation of new technology into their tasks, they might be able to cope with these changes. Thus, the conclusion is that this innovation is considered being of high value, even though it probably needs to be more developed. I mean, some additional features is necessary, for instance the ability to catch speed violations, since I suppose these violations are the ones causing most of the deaths.



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2 thoughts on “Drones to reduce traffic violations?

  1. Avatar Agnieszka Ryszawa says:

    As they say – “it’t not the speed that kills you, it’s the rapid loss of it that does”
    But in all seriousness – we already have plenty of speed cameras , cops undercover and patrols on the streets to achieve reasonable results of catching the “bad guys” on the road.
    Accidents are inevitable as we have more and more cars on the road – so they will bump into each other from time to time.
    I think people tend to drive over the speed limit, because cars nowadays are way better when the laws and rules were made – so maybe instead of drones just revisit some of the laws and change them so they are more XXI century

  2. Avatar Gianluca Moneta says:

    This idea is certainly brilliant but I also have some doubts! For example, I thought if it is true that police officers could thus devote themselves to more important tasks, how many controllers should be glued to computers to monitor videos sent by the drone? And then what kind of investment would it be if the idea succeeded and was welcomed throughout the country and perhaps even outside? I want to say how big the field of view of the drone can be to still allow you to control the roads well?
    If I understand correctly the project is still in the early stages but if all these aspects are well considered I’m sure it will be a success!

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