Spain: Speed Camera Gives Ticket for Driving Too Slow

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spain speed camera gives ticket for driving too slow

Drivers who pass a photo radar location frequently drop their speed far below the legal limit to be absolutely certain no citation will come in the mail weeks later. In response, officials in Valencia, Spain have begun issuing photo tickets to drivers who are moving “too slow.” Motorist Jesus Llorens received just such ticket in the mail on June 14 for sluggish driving past a camera in an Opel Vectra. The alleged offense happened in February at 11am in the tunnel of the Avenida del Cid.

“Passing through, I was going no more than 35 or 40km/h, because I was trying not to go 50km/h because I suspected a radar was there,” Llorens told Levante-El Mercantil Valenciano.

The notice sent to Llorens demanded payment of 200 euros (US $290) for traveling “at an abnormally reduced speed without just cause, obstructing the progress of another vehicle.” The fine drops to 100 euros (US $145) if paid early as an enticement for people to pay rather than fight their tickets in court. View a copy of the citation. The incident has left Llorens disillusioned with the photo enforcement process.

“It’s a pure tax collection effort,” Llorens told Levante. “They want to make money, not control traffic.”


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  • Thirty-three Thirty-three on Jul 04, 2011

    They issued a ticket to a guy named Jesus?

  • ClutchCarGo ClutchCarGo on Jul 04, 2011

    Why not just get to the point and issue a toll to every vehicle photographed passing the camera?

  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Jul 04, 2011

    ClutchCarGo has it right. Case of "Damned if you do, damned if you don't." Next step is just decrease the gap between "do" and "don't", and then all will be damned to pay!

  • Nickeled&dimed Nickeled&dimed on Jul 05, 2011

    That's a pretty common problem where I live. There's regular photo enforcement in a 45 zone on my commute, and people regularly slow down to 30mph or slower, with nobody ahead of them. Then they speed right back up to 60mph. It's annoying, and potentially dangerous... but I'd hate to have a ticket mailed to me because I slowed down to keep from hitting those idiots.