10/21/2019Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Spain, UK: Photo Radar Devices Burn
Spanish speed camera caught issuing bogus tickets as vigilantes take out devices in England, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia.
French officials have stepped up efforts to remove the remains of the speed cameras damaged by the Yellow Vest movement. In their place, several French departments last week vowed to install replacements, including pole-mounted "turret" cameras and new double-sided cameras used that issue automated citations to vehicles traveling in both directions on a road, boosting profits. The state also on Tuesday announced plans to eventually issue automated tickets to anyone driving with insurance that has lapsed. In the first phase of this initiative, the license plates of cars that receive photo radar citations will be cross-referenced with lists provided by insurance agencies. If the database entries do not match, a warning letter will be sent. When fully implemented, the automated citations will run between 500 and 7500 euros (US $560 to $8370), according to the Interior Ministry. On Saturday, black spraypaint was used to blind the speed camera located on the Avenue du General-de-Gaulle in Roppe, just three days after the turret camera's installation. In Tavaux, vigilantes blinded the speed camera on the D673.
Volunteers cleaning garbage out of a canal in Wolverton, England, near Galleon Bridge were surprised to find a speed camera lying alongside assorted junk including a pogo stick and several shopping carts.
In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, vigilantes set fire to the speed camera near Al Hamadaniyyah early last week (view video of the aftermath).
In Einbeck, Germany, vigilantes on Tuesday disabled a speed camera by placing a blue plastic bag over the device, preventing it from issuing any tickets. According to local police, a team was dispatched to remove the bag so that ticketing could resume.
In Spain, Direccion General de Trafico (DGT) officials admitted the speed camera on the N330 in Zaragoza falsely accused 2527 motorists over the course of three weeks. The agency agreed to refund 252,700 euros (US $282,100) in fines. The automated ticketing machine was incorrectly calibrated and produced speed readings far beyond what the vehicles' actual velocity.