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Angry Motorists Torch Speed Camera In Backlash Against Scores of Tickets In Three Days



This story concerns events in the UK but the same cameras are being slapped up all over the U.S. as well and people are responding in kind. Government NEVER stops coming up with ways to extort money from us to fund the never ending expansion of government.   Government = force!  It producing nothing.  It TAKES the money it wants.  It takes and takes and takes.  And what do we get for it?  It's time to get really serious about asking that question.   What the hell do we get for the enormous government we have to deal with?

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By Daily Mail Reporter

MailOnline.com

Speed cameras are being destroyed in what appears to be a revenge campaign by motorists.

Two on one stretch of road in East Dorset were set alight on consecutive weekends, and four others have been vandalised in the county in the past year.

Police are investigating after the GATSO machine was set alight in the early hours of Saturday in the village of Verwood.

The area is being patrolled by teams of traffic officers in marked and unmarked cars and on motorbikes in a crackdown on motorists who are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile at the wheel or driving without insurance.



Over three days last week the teams issued fines of up to £200 to 151 drivers. Driving without insurance earned a £200 fine and six points. A total of 83 of those fined were also given penalty points on their licence.

A member of staff at the nearby Verwood Surplus Stores said: 'Someone probably got caught during the day and thought they’d come back at night. We don’t get a lot of trouble around here. It was a surprise to see it down when we went out in the morning.'

A spokesman for Verwood Fire Station said: 'To have two in one week is very uncommon for this area.

'It almost makes you wonder if it’s an organised thing to get rid of speed cameras.

'The damage to the cameras was quite severe. Certainly the lenses and the glass at the front had completely disintegrated.'

Dorset Safety Camera Partnership, which runs 38 fixed cameras, said it was not yet clear how the cameras had been torched. Police said they are investigating the arsons.



The attacks come as councillors in nearby Bournemouth prepare to consider scrapping speed cameras in the town.

A committee will look at whether the 20 GATSO devices in the town do a good job in reducing vehicle speeds and preventing collisions.

It will also decide whether the town should follow Swindon's example by turning off its cameras and using the cash for other road safety schemes.

Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of East Dorset District Council, spoke of his shock at the incidents.

He said: 'I couldn’t understand how they managed to burn them both out unless someone put some sort of incendiary device in there.

'There are all sorts of arguments about the benefits of having fixed cameras. I think there’s probably more to be gained in having mobile cameras.

'I shall be interested to see what develops from the Bournemouth initiative. We will look at how the accident record compares before and since we had cameras.'

The cameras had been set alight, axed, sawn, stoned, superglued, shot at, sprayed with paint, shoved over - and ringed with a flaming tyre.

Chief Inspector Bob Nichols said: 'The number of drivers caught over just three days is alarming, and what's especially worrying is the number of motorists using a mobile phone while driving, or those not wearing a seat belt.'

Motorists have been known to go to extreme lengths to vent their fury at speed cameras. In 2007, around 200 were wrecked across Britain, running up a £500,000 repair bill.

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