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11/2/2008
UK: Vigilantes Cost Speed Camera Operators $800,000
Attacks on speed cameras cost officials $800,000 in revenue.

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A total of 199 attacks on speed cameras in the UK last year cost operators over £500,000 (US $800,000) in repair cost. The figures, reported by the Mid Sussex Times in response to a freedom of information request, do not include the far more substantial amount of revenue lost before replacement devices could be put in place to resume ticketing.

Most recently, a pair of cameras were destroyed in Cambridgeshire on October 25 at around 7pm. One of the devices issued tickets on the A605 Elton bypass while a second was stationed near Peterborough. This represents the third time the A605 camera has been set on fire in the past six months.

In the past fiscal year, Cambridgeshire spent £93,000 (US $150,000) repairing cameras including replacing an automated ticketing machine at Stow-cum-Quy after a successful April 14 attack. The replacement cost was £35,000 (US $55,000).

Other areas have seen smaller repair bills. Sussex officials spent just £16,000 (US $25,900) to resume ticketing after fifteen separate attacks. For example, activists in Crawley burned the camera located on the C406 Bewbush Drive in August 2007, while a March 2008 attack merely involved tampering with the lock on the camera housing.

Source: Speed cameras trashed by angry motorists (Mid Sussex Times (UK), 10/29/2008)

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