8/15/2010UK, France: Speed Cameras Burned, Smashed
UK speed cameras burned while French speed cameras fail to prevent accidents and get hammered.
Speed cameras in Buckinghamshire, England have been attacked so many times that officials have spent £28,358 (US $44,215) on repairs in the past twelve months, according to Mix96 radio.
The automated ticketing machine on the A41 was hit on July 27, 2009 for £8050 (US $12,551) in damages. The Elmhurst Road camera was hit December 12, 2009 for £8150 (US $12,707). The Aylesbury Road camera was hit three times between November 10, 2009 and February 24, 2010 for £4373 (US $6818) in repairs. The Slough Road camera was hit March 17 for £323 in damages (US $503). the Beaconsfield Road camera was hit May 6 for £7462 (US $11634) in damages. No damage estimate is yet available for the August 10 attack on a Wycombe Road camera.
A speed camera in Jura, France was left as a pile of wreckage after it failed to stop a collision at 8:20am on Thursday. The device had been busy issuing tickets on the RN83 when a driver swerved into the guardrail to avoid hitting another car. The swerving vehicle ended up slamming into the radar, which left three injured, Le Progres reported.
In Unac, France a pair of British citizens attacked a speed camera Monday night, La Depeche reported. While smashing the device, a police car arrived and caught the pair who were given suspended sentences and community service.