Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatar ended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world, Doha!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Whoa, Speed Racer, Whoa!

New Cameras, I've been told
They're popping up around town. The new "smart" camera, that is. Technology is about to put a big clamp on the speed games drivers play along the roads of Qatar. We currently have standard radars set up all over Doha, but the problem is that either people are warned with a "surveillance ahead" sign or they've already read the updates on where all the cameras are located. So, the procedure a lot of drivers follow is spot the camera, slow down until they're out of the "flash" range, and then speed back up and go on their merry way. Not so fast Speed Racer, that's all fixin' to change. These new handy dandy smart cams calculate your average speed between cameras and decide if you are the lucky recipient of a brand new ticket. For a way better explanation of how these newfangled devices work, check out Mr. Q's post on the subject. I can already envision what some of these young crazy drivers are conjuring up in their minds to beat or more like mock the system. Let's see, clear the radar at the established speed, put the peddle to the metal for a while, slow down to do a few donuts, then approach the next camera at the exact time it calculated that they should lawfully arrive. Skills, baby, skills. Trust me, it's not that far fetched.

Go, Speed Racer, Go

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  1. Let's just hope that those Toyota gas pedals don't decide to stick while the pedal is on the metal.

  2. OMG, Landcruisers! I never thought about ALL those Toyotas in this town. Geez, another thing to worry about while navigating around here.


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