Speeding isn't a crime !!!!
The interesting thing is that, we're rounded by the speed idea, you must speed at your work everyday, you must speed in the morning, in the evening, going for holydays, to save time, to earn money etc, etc ... BUT not on roads, because this is bad.
OK then, we must have a limit, and respect it, or trying to respect it, as anyone choose to do it, we're all knowing the bad and good speeding taste, we all know that you can speed in some areas to reduce any kind of risk, like an empty highway at night or else good spot, and unluckily this is where you will find the radar, Why ?
As you don't know probably, in France we're "suffering" some major changes since a few months. They're instaling a lot of your Gatso speed boxes, everywhere, with the same old and inapropriate message "Kill your speed" so...
So they're wrong, speeding isn't the problem to fix, it's just a part of it, small part actually. The major problem is the way you're driving, behaviours, respecting everyone else on the road, alcohol, applying strictly the safe distance. You can perfectly speed respecting some basic rules, in England as I saw people use to respect the law, when here we're most of the time trying to pass through it. The one who's repecting the speed limit but not the safe distance is a potential killer to me, and we're plenty of now. I didn't notice that a year ago, but since I'm a father and I have to think about the family that change your mind a lot, I see day by day pure madness drivers (better to name them as that).
A Gatso is a terrific idea, automatic penalties, no human touch, and this can easily replacing three policemen, very cheap instalation cost and big revenue !
Something we're starting to see, is that the massive anti speed politic doesn't reduce the road dead's number, but it produce a lot of money in taxes, and the day they really care about road safety, they will probably start to think about how to change the public driver mentality, longer to achieve, more expensive to do but this is the major french problem to fix.
As you said it Japanese LowRider, they're installing the french gatso everywhere where they can collect fast money (fast you said :), but definitly not where they should place it, same as you I will be more than happy the day I see a speed box in front of a school...still searching.