UK, AU, PA Speed Traps Attacked

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Last week, in south Essex, UK, speed camera protesters set a “scamera” alight with a gasoline-soaked tire. The fire destroyed the £40k ($60k) device on Long Road– despite the camera’s proximity to the Canvey Fire Station (whose inhabitants eventually managed to put out the blaze). According to the Echo newspaper, the incendiary incident follows a prior arson attack on a speed camera on the A127 in Southend. In the past year-and-a-half, eight south Essex speed cameras have been targeted by vandals. Meanwhile, in Queensland, Australia, on November 5, persons or persons unknown spray painted a new laser camera’s lense during testing on the Maroondah Highway in Croydon. Ten days later, three citizens tied a chain to the replacement camera and tore it from the ground.

Last Wednesday. scofflaws in Scott Township, Pennsylvania grabbed speed trap equipment from the side of the road at around 3:45pm. On the same day, Officer Joseph Gillott was using an Enradd speed measuring system on Route 347. After finishing writing a ticket to a motorist, Gillott discovered that one of his Enradd sensors was gone. [Local jurisdictions in Pennsylvania are banned by state law from using radar because lawmakers believe they would only use the devices to generate revenue from passing motorists. To get around the law, these localities use non-radar systems such as Enradd. The device uses infrared sensors placed on both sides of a road to calculate speed from the amount of time a vehicle takes to pass between two points.]

The embarrassed police department has until Monday to find the device before it’s due back at the manufacturer. North Central Safety Traffic had loaned Scott Township the system as a pre-purchase demo.

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  • AllStingNoBling AllStingNoBling on Dec 01, 2008

    Spray paint. Talk about poetic justice. Their (paid for by our money) $60,000 public fleecing device brought down by a $6.00 can of spray paint. Nice! While burning tires will make a stronger political impact, it makes a people working for a good cause look like just a bunch of arsonists to the ignorant populace. The spray paint is quicker, cheaper, harder to trace, and the lack of violence in the long run will make the case more palpable to the mommy-crats.

  • AG AG on Dec 01, 2008

    In Michigan, your insurance company is not allowed to increase your car insurance if you got ticketed for doing 65 in a 55. If they are going to relentlessly rip people off with these things, the least they could do is make it illegal for insurance companies to raise your rates based on tickets from speed cameras.

  • on Dec 03, 2008

    [...] UK, Australia and Pennsylvania speed cameras and speed trap devices were vandalized or stolen. Excellent work! They exist only to take money from citizens. They should be resisted by any [...]

  • Chipster Chipster on Dec 03, 2008

    I like the arson angle. Yanking them directly out of the ground with a chain is very good, too. I've thought about throwing an old 12 gauge loaded with buckshot into my trunk for use to blow them to hell (outside of camera view). It sends a deeper message.