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2 Oct

In the USA, residents in 25 cities have taken action to ban red light cameras and speed cameras. The same fervour has spread across the border to Canada where residents in Morinville succeeded in gathering 900 signatures on a citizen initiative to ban automated ticketing machines. The council on Tuesday gave a first reading to the proposal, potentially setting up the first-ever direct vote on photo enforcement in Canada. “We demand a new bylaw to have all traffic enforcement done by either Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) or the community peace officers, thus eliminating the use of photo radar or red light camera enforcement,” stated the petition submitted by resident Cliff Haryett.

Citizens in other nations are also rising against speed and red light cameras.

Vigilantes in Manchester, England set fire to a speed camera in January 2014. The automated ticketing machine on Pine Road in Tameside was completely destroyed with burning tires. Another camera was destroyed on Huddersfield Road. In Portsmouth, officials announced they had just replaced the speed camera that had been destroyed on the A3 on 30 December 2013.

In Morbihan, France, three speed cameras were destroyed within a few days in January 2014, A camera in Moustoir on the RD767 and one in Plouay on the RD769 were set on fire. A third camera was also burned. Since September 2013, one-third of the cameras in the region have been attacked and 33 have been completely destroyed. In Ardeche, officials were forced to remove a brand new average speed camera after vigilantes removed the camera pole and cut the cables to the device in Saint-Jean-le-Centenier.

In Crespina, Italy, vigilantes knocked over a speed camera sign, defaced the camera lens, pried open the camera box and set the inside of the device on fire. In Imola, a speed camera on the Viale Amendola failed to prevent a crash on 15 January 2014. A Toyota Corolla rammed the automated ticketing machine. The Toyota continued forward and hit a police car at the intersection.

Meanwhile in Paderborn, Germany, a vigilante swiped a speed camera from the B64 motorway.

Hows zat for action taken…nothing in Aussy land

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