On the water judging with real time decisions. Penalties issued upon decision by judges and administered through a shock collar/gps tracking device issued to each driver at registration.
All the bullies and bullshit rules tossers will eventually have a neck that looks like that lonely 8 hr old truck stop hotdog.
Sure would make judging more fun---
This, but maybe less extreme. If you don't read the rule book, you don't know the rules, that is different. Misinterpretation is having read the rule book, and not understanding what they meant. This happens quite a bit in all self policed sports. How am I expected to know all the intricacies of the rules at play if know one has ever flagged me on it and told me I messed up. In hockey if I go offside, ref blows the whistle and I learn "oh that's what offside is." Insert Icing, checking from behind, tripping etc. Getting instant feedback on how you are playing the game is a huge way to learn the ins and outs of the rules. On the race course with no judging, you are relying on some jerk-ass screaming at you that he thinks you broke a rule. A little less nice. You'll notice that those who have spent a lot (or any) time team racing or match racing with a judge following them and ruling on the incidents are far more familiar with the rules. This is because they've gotten instant feedback on what the interpretation is. Two boats come together, there is a flag, ruling, penalty blue, failure to keep clear. OK! now I know what I need to do to keep clear. If I don't agree with what they saw I can ask the judge later to explain it too me, now my understanding has grown. To say that people don't understand simply because they haven't read the rule book is too simplified. Without someone actually ruling on the case, you don't know if your understanding is even correct or not.
Unfortunately this isn't feasible for everyone it is the only way to really accelerate your understanding. Once you know how the rules are being interpreted it is much easier to stay on top of rule changes and what they mean.