Global Patent Index - EP 1070310 A2

EP 1070310 A2 2001-01-24 - TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM HAVING DECOY UNITS

Title (en)

TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM HAVING DECOY UNITS

Title (de)

VERFAHREN ZUR ÜBERWACHUNG DER VERKEHRSREGELUNG MIT ATTRAPPEN

Title (fr)

SYSTEME DE REPRESSION DES INFRACTIONS AU CODE DE LA ROUTE COMPORTANT DES UNITES FACTICES

Publication

EP 1070310 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 97948113 A

Priority

  • US 9718871 W
  • US 2982996 P

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9819284A2] A traffic law enforcement system having one or more enforcement units and decoy units, and an engagement mechanism corresponding to each enforcement unit and decoy unit. The enforcement units are capable of vehicle speed detection and identification to enable enforcement of the speed limits by subsequent ticketing. The decoy units have an external appearance substantially indistinguishable from an enforcement unit. Both decoy units and enforcement units are preferably positioned in prominent, highly-visible locations throughout a traffic flow area. The engagement mechanism enables the substitution of enforcement units for decoy units, and vice versa. This enables routine and random exchanging of decoy units and enforcement units which increases the difficulty of a driver discriminating between enforcement units and decoy units, decreasing the number of enforcement units required in the system, and, therefore, the cost of the entire system. The invention provides a means of helping reduce the speed of drivers to safe limits while enabling more effective and safer enforcement of the traffic ordinances by requiring less police interaction and the dedication of fewer police resources, such as police cars and related enforcement equipment. Such a system will play an important role in permitting municipalities to dedicate police resources to the enforcement of more serious criminal laws, or, alternatively, to reduce the municipalities' traffic law enforcement costs.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G08G 1/00; G08G 1/017; G08G 1/054

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G08G 1/017 (2006.01); G08G 1/054 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G08G 1/0175 (2013.01); G08G 1/054 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 9819284 A2 19980507; WO 9819284 A3 19980709; AU 5424698 A 19980522; CA 2305390 A1 19980507; EP 1070310 A2 20010124; EP 1070310 A4 20010124

INPADOC legal status


2002-03-06 [RAP1] TRANSFER OF RIGHTS OF AN EP PUBLISHED APPLICATION

- Owner name: MOETTELI, JOHN, B.

2002-03-06 [RIN1] INVENTOR (CORRECTION)

- Inventor name: MOETTELI, JOHN, B.

2001-11-28 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20010503

2001-01-24 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 19990610

2001-01-24 [A4] SUPPLEMENTARY SEARCH REPORT

- Effective date: 20000118

2001-01-24 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A2

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

2001-01-24 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A4

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE