Man fined in costly speed camera protest

15th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — A 60-year-old man has been arrested and fined EUR 250 for sabotaging a speed camera in the municipality of Mijnsheerenland south of Rotterdam.

15 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — A 60-year-old man has been arrested and fined EUR 250 for sabotaging a speed camera in the municipality of Mijnsheerenland south of Rotterdam.

The man was walking along the Blaaksedijk when he saw the speed camera and decided to place an empty sack of chips over the lens.

He was opposed to the speed camera being placed on the dike, but did not see an unobtrusive car parked a small distance away from the camera.

Police officers detained the man, who quickly confessed the crime. He was fined EUR 250 and paid the amount at the scene of his indiscretion.

Meanwhile, motorists in Flevoland have been warned that police are to introduce mobile trajectory speed controls in the province.

It means that 11 dangerous stretches of roads can be checked by placing cameras at one end and another camera at the other end.

Vehicles will be photographed as they enter the stretch of road under surveillance and photographed again at the end of the road.

If the time it takes to travel between the two points indicates the motorists have at some point broken the speed limit, they will be issued with a ticket.

Trajectory controls are not unique in the Netherlands, but Flevoland will introduce the first ever mobile system. Other European countries are said to be interested in the system.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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