10/2/2017France, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, UK: Speed Cameras Burn
Speed cameras throughout the globe were set on fire and spraypainted last week.
On Thursday, vigilantes set fire to the speed camera on Cannock Road in South Staffordshire, England, the Express and Star newspaper reported.
Vigilantes in Ogre, Latvia on Saturday set fire to the speed camera on the A6. According to Delfi, the device was installed two weeks ago.
In Hafar Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia, vigilantes on Saturday used red spraypaint to prevent a speed camera from issuing tickets, Al Yaum reported.
In Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, vigilantes on Thursday set fire to the speed camera on the N184, Le Parisien reported. An empty gasoline can was found near the wreckage. In Cherveix-Cubas, the speed camera on the RD74 that had recently been flipped over was set on fire last week Saturday, according to Sud Ouest. In Indre-et-Loire, officials are upset that six of the department's 43 speed cameras are regularly disabled or destroyed. White paint took out the speed camera on the RD927 in Lanneray, L'Echo Republicain reported. Red was the color of choice in Saint-Etienne-le-Laus last week Sunday, according to Dici.fr. France Bleu reports that the most attacked camera in the area on the D976 was spraypainted pink last week.
According to the French national budget, the country will boost spending on installing and maintaining speed cameras from 249 million euros (US $294 million) to 308 million euros (US $363 million), ensuring a hefty profit given the 920 million euros (US $1.1 billion) generated by automated fines in 2016.