Speed Cameras Attacked in Finland, Poland and Wales

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An anonymous vigilante in Rovaniemi, Finland destroyed a speed camera with military-grade explosives on Wednesday. Video of the assault uploaded to YouTube showed the remote detonation of a 700g charge cleanly blew the head off an automated ticketing machine on a deserted road (watch video below). The assault appears to be the most professionally executed attack recorded on tape. In 2006, a British man used thermite to damage what he thought was a speed camera, but turned out to be a police surveillance device.

Attacks on photo enforcement devices have grown increasingly common in the UK as Wales, with a population of three million, reported at least 102 camera attacks in the past few years. The Western Mail newspaper used a freedom of information request to discover that 29 cameras have been attacked in South Wales since January 2006, 21 in North Wales in the past five years and 52 in Gwent in the past seven.

Dyfed-Powys officials refused the request, insisting that the agency must hide all such figures from the public. The above numbers do not include incidents in which drivers crashed into the accident prevention devices. In 2006, Welsh speed cameras issued 160,126 tickets worth £9,607,560 (US $15,355,860).

In Rychnowach, Poland, vigilantes burned and destroyed a speed camera on Wednesday night, Glos Pomorza reported. The Czluchow municipality said it would have to spend 120,000 zloty (US $42,000) to replace the device. Last year alone, three other speed camera sites in the area were destroyed by fire. Police have never found any suspects.

[courtesy thenewspaper.com]

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  • Meefer Meefer on Oct 13, 2009

    That made my day. Awesome.

  • PeteMoran PeteMoran on Oct 13, 2009

    @ RichardD Really. Every single one succeeded?

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Oct 15, 2009
    UTPE - Universal Traffic & Parking Enforcement "Since the wide use of speed cameras and the inherent inefficiencies with this technology, we are proposing the mandatory use of tracking devices on all new vehicles. These units will enforce speed limits working in conjunction with GPS/UTPE programs. Driving above the posted speed limit is a serious threat to all citizens, along with other traffic violations. That's why our system is also linked with traffic lights, stop signs, and one-way streets. Parking violations will also be tracked. The system will cut cost for law enforcement, plus ensure the safety of our law abiding citizens. This technology will also reducing insurance costs for most drivers."
  • SexCpotatoes SexCpotatoes on Oct 15, 2009

    @PeteMoran I think he was referring to the fact that "Every time it has actually been put to a vote, speed cameras have been ousted." Not that every petition drive has been successful in getting the issue on the ballot.