View Full Version : This Is What Happens When Citizens Get Fed Up Over Speed Cameras

09-10-2013, 01:15 AM
Sep. 9, 2013 11:16am Liz Klimas (http://www.theblaze.com/author/elizabeth-klimas/)
Citizens across the country have grumbled about speed cameras, but someone in Wicomico County, Maryland appears to be making a physical — and political — point.
http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/speed-camera-vandalism-465x620.jpgThis traffic camera, supposedly in Wicomico County, Maryland, was spray-painted over the lens and tagged with the year 1776, the year the U.S. declared its independence. (Photo via SBY News)

A photo posted on the blog SBY News (http://sbynews.blogspot.com/2013/09/americans-have-had-enough-and-are.html) shows a traffic camera that’s been spray-painted over the lens and tagged with the year 1776, the year the U.S. declared independence.
“Good for them!” blog publisher Joe Albero wrote.
Some commenting on the post seem to agree. Here are a few:

Everytime I drive past one, I secretly wish someone would do that. I would gladly donate to their bail if they get caught.
I love it then the top it off 1776 nice touch
Next, surveillance cameras for the surveillance cameras.

But others noted that this would be considered vandalism and disagreed with the destruction of the cameras, which take photos of license plates that get mailed with citations to offending drivers.
“Good for them? This is VANDALISM. Drive the speed limit and stop with the ‘patriot’ hogwash. This is criminal behavior, and it should be punished,” one commenter wrote.
According to WBOC-TV, speed cameras in Wicomico County raked in $40,000 (http://www.wboc.com/story/23107186/speeders-caught-on-camera-wicomico-county-to-crack-down) for the police department last year, funding computers, a K-9 unit and uniforms.
This isn’t the only location in Maryland where speed cameras have come under attack. In Tacoma Park, a camera that issued more than 1,000 tickets in less than three months (http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/08/takoma-park-speed-camera-vandalized-92701.html) was spray painted black last month, WJLA-TV reported.
“We hate them! And this camera taking a hundred dollars here and a hundred dollars there. Money coming out and not coming in! We are gonna feel it — everybody feels it!” David McKenzie of Hyattsville told the news station.
Here’s the report on that incident:

I am curious what the high intensity blue and green lasers would do to a CCD or CMOS sensor, something tells me the light would be the last thing the sensor would photograph.
We don't have these around here yet.

09-10-2013, 12:39 PM
If they ever install those things in the city of Detroit (some of the burbs have them), I'd expect them to all be riddled with bullets and destroyed within a month of installation.

09-10-2013, 12:59 PM
I am so proud of my hometown boys right now. Pioneers!