8/28/2011Saudi Arabia: Photo of Burning Speed Camera Popular Online
Speed cameras meet opposition from public and influential leaders in Saudi Arabia.
A photograph of a speed camera ablaze in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh has become extremely popular, Al Weeam reported. The image has been passed along from Blackberry to Blackberry, as young Saudis use their smartphones to coordinate a campaign to oppose the use of the "Saher" cameras, according to Arabian Business.
Sheikh Abdel Mohsen Obeikan, an advisor to the Saudi royal court, has blasted the speed camera program as hypocritical. The mobile vans used to issue photo radar tickets routinely are parked illegally on sidewalks. He also found the system of fines contrary to Islamic teaching, Dar Al Hayat reported. Other troubling issues for the sheikh include the photographing of women in the passenger seat of cars.