10/16/2017France, Germany, Lativia, Russia: Speed Cameras Disrupted
Speed cameras across Europe were taken out of service last week by vigilantes who knocked down, burned or painted them.
In Croix-en-Ternois, France, the speed camera on the RD939 was ripped away from the highway and torched in the middle of a field last week Sunday. According to La Voix du Nord, the device had only been in operation for a week.
In Akniste, Latvia, the speed camera on Skolas Street was knocked over last week Sunday, Delfi reported. With the bolts loosened at the base, the device was easily tipped over, bringing the total number of disabled automated ticketing machines in the area to four.
An unknown vigilante trashed a speed camera in Hirschberg an der Bergstrasse, Germany on Wednesday. According to the police account of what happened, the man hurled abuse on the staff member who set up the camera before smashing the automated ticketing machine that had been set up on Heddesheimer Strasse.
A similar attack took place in Tula, Russia last December as Tula One reported that a 44-year-old man smacked a mobile speed camera tripod near Yasnaya Polyana. He was fined 20,000 rubles (US $346) last week.