3/19/2018France, Italy: Speed Cameras Wrapped, Painted, Stoned
Stones, spraypaint and trashbags kept speed cameras from operating in France and Italy last week.
In Maimrolle, France, officials were anxious to see the a large number of tickets generated by a speed camera newly installed on the RN57 last Tuesday. The feeling did not last long, as vigilantes blinded the device with black spraypaint on Friday, L'Est Republicain reported. Green was the color of choice to disable the speed camera in Souain-Perthes-les-Hurlus last week Monday, according to L'Union. In Dordogne, bright orange spraypaint was used on a speed camera on the RD707 on Tuesday, France Bleu reported.
On the Mediterranean island of Corsica, motorcyclists disabled several speed cameras last week Saturday. The French Federation of Angry Motorcyclists (FFMC) took responsibility for wrapping the cameras in Ajaccio in trashbags and added a color sign protesting the national speed limit drop that takes effect in July.
In Cintello, Italy, vigilantes knocked over the speed camera on the Strada 463 last week, La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre reported. In Chieti, a rock was used to smash the lens of the speed camera on the Via Tiburtina on Friday, according to Rete 8. The device had been out of commission since a previous attack in August.