Traffic Camera Controversy Speeds Up
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#1 Jan 23, 2006
well I guess people will start buying Reflective license plate covers maybe I should by some stock in them or sell them in Girard
#2 Jan 23, 2006
look what we have to look forward to:
LONDON - Vigilante motorists, angry because so many speed cameras are being put up on roads all over Britain, are destroying hundreds of the devices each week.
The drivers, operating surreptitiously at night, are spraying black paint over the lens or putting the cameras out of commission with blow lamps or setting them on fire after dousing them with petrol.
Over the past week alone, 30 cameras - each costing £7,000 (S$19,000) to buy and install - have been damaged beyond use on the busy North Circular Road around London.
Police are taking advantage of a new government scheme which allows them to keep part of the fines obtained from motorists caught going over the speed limit by cameras.
The money has to be spent on buying more cameras - and the result is an ever increasing number of flashing, electronic speed traps.
Fines average £80 and drivers are given a number of demerit points, depending on the speed they were travelling at.
If too many points are accumulated, the driver is banned from driving for three months or more.
Motorists' organisations have pinpointed several stretches of straight and level roads where up to five speed cameras have been installed over a distance of 10 km.
There are 325 cameras in central London and hundreds more on suburban roads.
This week, anonymous letters were sent to national newspapers by an organisation calling itself Motorists Against Detection (Mad), claiming responsibility for the acts of vandalism against the cameras.
The growing number of attacks on cameras in recent weeks signalled the start of a British-wide assault on the devices, Mad warned.
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