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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