Monday, February 12, 2024

Travel Notes

Belle and I rolled in an hour ago, safe at home.  I'll unpack the van shortly.  Traveling in Florida, I noticed VASCAR stripes. VASCAR (Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder) is a technology we used decades ago.  It detects speeders through the simple math of Distance = Rate X Time.  If you know the distance between two fixed points, you put that in the computer.  Then measure the time it takes the vehicle to go from one point to the next.  Up pops a speed.  It's simple, and accurate with a trained operator.

It's just one way of detecting speeders.  We in Louisiana haven't used VASCAR in decades, but everywhere I looked in Florida, I saw VASCAR stripes on the roadways.


Anonymous said...

Never knew these existed but im on the lookout now. How far apart are they generally?

Termite said...

Commonly used with a police plane or helicopter overhead.

LSP used a Cessna 182 and VASCAR stripes on the I-10 causeway over the Atchafalaya Basin.

Old NFO said...

And Vascar is NOT detectable... LOL Glad y'all got home okay!

Anonymous said...

In Pennsylvania, local police have used it for a long time since they're not allowed to use radar.
There have been controversies in places where the stripes were not the distance they were supposed to be.

Angus McThag said...

One of the features my ex-Sarasota County Florida cop car has is a "stopwatch" function that calculates the VASCAR speed.

There's also "Trap Speed" to lock in the speed while pacing another car.

Built right into the dash of a 2012 model year car.