1/22/2018Rhode Island, France, Italy: Speed Cameras Torched, Tarred
Vigilantes grab speed cameras in Rhode Island and France, while others are tarred and feathered or burned.
Vigilantes in Providence, Rhode Island grabbed a newly installed speed camera last week Monday. According to WPRI-TV, two men unbolted the newly installed automated ticketing machine on Peace Street and put it in the bed of a pickup truck and drove away. The camera, owned and operated by Conduent (formerly Xerox), cost $80,000.
In Crest, France, on Thursday, red spraypaint took out the speed camera on the RD104. According to Le Dauphine, the message "No to 80" was sprayed on the pavement near the camera, referring to the government's recent decision to drop the speed limit to 80 km/h (50 MPH). In Montoison, the vigilantes grabbed the camera on the RD111. Last week Sunday in Saint-Christophe-sur-Dolaison, vigilantes tried to pull down the speed camera on the RD 589, leaving it tilted at an angle L'Eveil reported. Around the same time, the speed camera in Gonneville, Manche was tarred and feathered. According to La Manche Libre, the device had toilet paper stuck to its lenses in 2015 and it was painted yellow in 2016. In Pierremande, vigilantes knocked the mobile speed camera on the D1 into a ditch and set it on fire, L'Aisne Nouvelle reported. On Wednesday, the speed camera on the RD992 in Lavours was burned. According to Le Progres this was the third attack on the device in the past two years.
A burning tire was used to set fire to the speed camera on the Via Valli in San Bellino, Italy last week Monday, Il Gazzettino reported.