12/21/2014France, Germany, Italy: Speed Camera Swiped, Sprayed, Smashed
Vigilantes nab a speed camera in Italy, crash into one in Germany and spraypaint several in France.
Vigilantes in Rome, Italy swiped a speed camera right out from under the noses of sleeping policemen on Friday, according to Blitz Quotidiano. Mobile speed camera units are fully automated, so the only duty for the officers is to drive out to a designated location, park on the side of the road, set up the camera on a tripod, and wait until the shift is over. These officers decided to take a nap and were surprised that the camera was gone when they awoke.
In Wehlheiden, Germany, a speed camera failed to prevent the accident on Monday morning that demolished the speed camera. A 38-year-old female driver slammed into the automated ticketing machine on Strasse Am Heimbach, according to local police.
In Guewenheim, France, vigilantes disabled a speed camera with spraypaint last week Sunday. L'Alsace reported that the automated ticketing machine on the D466 was carefully was coated all of the way around with red at the top and white at the bottom, blocking the lenses from issuing tickets. The same color scheme has become popular in Haut-Rhin, Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace reported. One camera on the RD430 in Mulhouse on Friday, and two on Saturday on the RD419 in Sundgau were painted red and white and tagged "EL," which stands for Elsass Frei, a phrase expressing opposition to the "fusion" of the Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne-Ardenne region.