In North Wales, UK, the local police department has added a Honda Fireblade sport bike to their fleet of crime fighting vehicles. Referred to as “CopBlade”, the unmarked sport bike is equipped with a front mounted speed sensor and hidden police lights and relies on the same technology found in red light cameras to enforce speed limits. Rather than manually monitoring motorists, the CopBlade’s technology automatically registers and records excessive speeds, allowing the department to issue citations by mail a week or so later. According to The Newspaper, whistle-blowing self-proclaimed “journal of the politics of driving”, those who have witnessed the CopBlade in action first hand claim that the CopBlade will wait attentively by the side of the road for a group of high-speed performance bikes to pass, and then file in unassumingly behind them. Once the pack begins to pick up speed, the officer simply cruises behind and allows the sensor begin generating citations. Since the North Wales PD began using covert tactics like the CopBlade, they’ve begun ticketing a record number of law breakers, counting for more than a third of the $20 million dollar revenue local speed partnerships reported in 2006. Local motorists and motorcyclists alike are none to thrilled with the policing methods, I would like to take this opportunity to remind them that law enforcement is largely a defensive maneuver and perhaps if residents hadn’t generated such a dangerous and reckless speeding problem, they wouldn’t have to worry about Joe Rocket on his CopBlade. You know, just a theory.
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