The members of a mysterious "No Speed Cameras Committee" in the province of Novara have stolen a camera first and then sent a ransom note to the police
The camera is definitely one of the most hated among the tools available to police forces, the bugbear of all motorists, that whenever they receive at home a fine due to the dreaded equipment they feel harassed without a good reason, even when maybe the offense was more than evident.
A group of people of the province of Novara, however, tired of receiving fines also quite salty, established an elusive and mysterious at the time "No Speed Cameras Committee." So far nothing too strange, given that last month the episodes of intolerance towards speed cameras have been several (including thirty that has taken a beating in Rovigo). However, the "No Speed Cameras Committee" went further and, heedless of danger, penetrated the storage area of the Provincial Police in Novara stealing (or take hostage) a speed camera.
That's right, the poor camera has been kidnapped, because the group of people exasperated sent the police a ransom demand, in a letter written in capital letters and accompanied by the words "RETURN THE MONEY" cut out of a piece of a newspaper . It 'difficult at this time to determine whether this writing is related only to the members of the Committee or to all citizens who have been delivered speeding fines, but the fact remains that the value of the equipment, 20 thousand euros, is quite a bit higher than the speeding fines. (The translation from Italian might be a bit wonky sorry)
Authorities have started placing Saher cameras in wheeled trash cans in the latest attempt to crack down on speeders - It's been tried in New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Germanty - Why not Saudi Arabia too? I know! Because people think is under handed, sneaky, rotten and stupid !!!
Saudi Gazette 19th Aug 2012
JEDDAH – Authorities have recently started concealing Saher radar cameras in wheeled trash cans in an attempt to catch speeders. Critics have lashed out at the move, calling it a money-making scheme that does not save lives or encourage drivers to abide by the speed limit, Al-Riyadh newspaper reported.
The Saher traffic monitoring system, which uses a combination of cameras and radars to levy fines against drivers who speed and run red lights, has not been popular with drivers ever since it was introduced on the Kingdom’s roads in 2010.
Many drivers have even taken the extreme and otherwise illegal measures of breaking the cameras and even attacking Saher personnel. Supporters on the other hand, have praised Saher for helping improve traffic safety by decreasing the number of accidents on the Kingdom’s roads.The latest move sees Saher radar cameras being installed in trash cans that are then discreetly placed on the median strip of streets where speeding is common. Unsuspecting drivers who break the speed limit are flashed and ticketed. Drivers have said the speed limits on some roads should be reconsidered and more speed limit signs should be erected.
“The system is fooling us. It should educate drivers about the importance of complying with traffic rules and authorities should listen to drivers’ concerns, proposals and criticisms. Drivers should be treated as partners,” said one irate driver who was recently ticketed.Naif Al-Shareef, professor of law at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, said installing hidden cameras inside trash cans is a form of deceit that contradicts the traditions and values of the Kingdom.
“Before its implementation, the Saher traffic monitoring system should have been studied thoroughly and the concerned authorities should have discussed its use so that people would know that they would be fined if they did certain things. Before giving fines to drivers, you should warn them,” Al-Shareef explained.Citizen Abdullah Al-Atheem said hiding cameras is tantamount to fooling people. He suggested that the first-time violation should be SR100 and increase gradually with every subsequent violation.“Sometimes drivers who commit a traffic violation don’t know they have been fined because they don’t receive a text message. The system milks citizens for their money,” Al-Atheem saidAdd a comment
France expects to fill its coffers by a record-breaking 700 million euros in revenue from speed camera fines in 2012 - a rise that has seen a corresponding fall in road deaths since fixed “radars” were introduced in 2003.
According to the French National Agency for Automatic Offences (ANTAI), fines paid as a result of speed traps have almost doubled since 2007 (362 million euros).
Meanwhile, the National Road Safety Agency (ONISR) reported a dramatic fall in the number of deaths on French roads, from 7,655 in 2002 to 3,963 in 2011.Add a comment
Waikato Times New Zealand
Increase blamed on lower tolerance during holidays, reports Blair Ensor.
It's probably not the result police were hoping for when they cut the speed tolerance on public holidays - hundreds more officers being caught speeding.
Figures released under the Official Information Act show nearly 2000 police vehicles were snapped speeding across 2010 and 2011 - 60 per cent more than in the two previous years.
Of the 1856 police vehicles caught, 927 fines were paid. Nearly all other tickets were waived.
The 10kmh tolerance allowed on the top speed limit of 100kmh was cut to 4kmh at Queen's Birthday Weekend in 2010, and has been used for all holiday weekends since. Since then police have said: "There are many factors involved in reducing fatalities on the roads but this is one thing that we can do that is making a difference.Add a comment
THE BATIC COURSE NEWSPAPER 1st Aug 2012
Legal protection proceedings have been initiated for Vitronic Baltica un partneri, the company that has been hired to set up fixed speed cameras in Latvia, ass the company's board member Sergejs Borisovs informed the Nozare.lv business portal.
Taking into consideration the company's financial problems and relations with creditors, an application for legal protection proceedings was submitted to courts on July 26, reports LETA.
Therefore, Vitronic Baltica un partneri has used its lawful right to protect its interests and the interests of the company's creditors, explained Borisovs.
The legal protection proceedings of Vitronic Baltica un partneri were initiated on July 27. According to the court's decision, Vitronic Baltica un partneri has been given two months to present a plan of legal protection measures harmonized with the company's creditors.
Vitronic Baltica un partneri is confident that the legal protection proceedings will enable the company to settle its relations with creditors and complete the installation of speed cameras in Latvia.
The State Police have been informed about the legal protection proceedings of Vitronic Baltica un partneri, yet it will not stop the process of termination of the police's contract with the company, State Police's spokeswoman Sintija Virse told LETA.
The State Police will inform the public about its further decisions after it will have received and evaluated Vitronic Baltica un partneri explanations for the delays in implementation of the contract, added Virse.
In a statement to the media, Vitronic Baltica un partneri admits that not all speed cameras have been installed on schedule, however, there were objective reasons for this. The company also confirms that it is prepared to continue work and eventually implement the public-private partnership project.
As reported, the State Police plan to terminate the contract with Vitronic Baltica un partneri for the company's failure to meet deadlines in setting up 160 fixed speed cameras in Latvia.
However, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Reform Party) has said that it is too early to say that speed camera installation contract with Vitronic Baltica un partneri will be terminated: the company has been given 20 days to provide explanations and suggestions for solving the current situation.
Kozlovskis admitted that it is clear that the company would not be able to fulfill its contractual obligations during the next few weeks. It is necessary to establish whether the company is capable of fulfilling them at all, said the minister.Add a comment
SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) - The shooter dressed in a flowing nightshirt who opened fire on a Santa Fe, N.M., speed-enforcement van in the middle of the night likely won’t get away with it because the van’s video camera recorded the entire episode.
Last week the gunman shot up the speed van while parked on Bishop’s Lodge Road near Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe.
“He walks toward the speed van and he actually begins to fire rounds into the windshield and toward the top portion of the vehicle,” said Santa Fe Police Capt. Aric Wheeler.
The man fired off five bullets from a revolver.Add a comment
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