| News |

Local Photo Enforcement Vandalism is Child's Play Compared to Destruction of Speed Cameras Elsewhere

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

New Times first reported two weeks ago that the speed cameras being placed abundantly throughout town by the Arizona Department of Public Safety were being "vandalized" with -- gasp -- Post-It notes.

Scofflaw activists hope placing the sticky notes on camera lenses will bring attention to their cause and allow at least a few speeding motorists to escape citations. An Arizona Republic article states the protesters have also been spraying the cameras with Silly String.

In the United Kingdom, anti-photo-enforcement protesters use something a bit stronger: Fire.

In Essex County, England, vandals have destroyed eight cameras just since May. But the vandalism appears part of a larger sabotage effort plaguing the country for the last few years.

Motorists Against Detection, a British group against speed cameras, runs a Web site that features numerous pictures of torched photo enforcement equipment. The site claims one camera was blown up with dynamite, and its home page shows what appears to be a vandal using a metal-cutting tool to chop down a camera pole. A YouTube video shows one of the U.K. cameras being set alight.

In the Czech Republic, meanwhile, an angry citizen recently took a pick axe to one speed camera (at right).

Though local state troopers warn that Silly String and Post-It obstructions on cameras won't be tolerated, they -- and taxpayers -- should be thankful the activists' vandalism isn't all that serious. -- Ray Stern

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.