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Wink Vigilantes with tickets resort to camera vandalism

Speed cameras and by extension, red light cameras, aren't popular. Granted, people who get ticketed by them generally have earned it by ignoring the law. However, that hasn't kept them from resenting the presence of the machines, which has led to numerous incidents of camera vandalism. Will you be in the market to sell or buy a new or used Ford Focus Spokane WA? If this relates to you, look at CarDealExpert.com.

Watching the speed

Getting cameras to watch the cameras is a really interesting and wasteful idea, according to the Washington Post, but it is still what the police have in mind in George County, Maryland. They believe that this will help decrease the amount of vandalism of speed cameras.

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Speed cameras aren't popular anywhere, though that hardly excuses criminal acts of retribution. Miscreants have been damaging the speed cameras, leading police to install cameras to view the speed cameras.

Citizens are not pleased with speed cameras in Maryland and Washington D.C., according to NBC News, which is why there have been many incidents of vandalism. There have been six cameras ruined, two getting hit twice, in Prince George County, and Baltimore County has seen eight occurrences since 2010 when it first started.

Spending money for it with taxes

Though some might cheer on the vandals, it's typically the citizenry that has to pay for it. Prince George County speed cameras go on the public's tab; Baltimore County cameras have to be maintained by the vendor. Each camera costs $30,000, about the cost of a brand new Impala, except the funding doesn't come from a bank or a car loan broker; that comes from taxes.

A ton of the cameras are mobile units in vans. They have been ruined. One time, a male went up to a van, smashed the windscreen, and vandalized the cameras while the driver was still in the automobile. The Baltimore Sun explained that cameras have been vandalized in every way, such as getting shot and having the lens spray painted.

There was one person in Washington D.C. that put orange “X” marks on all poles with the cameras on them, so drivers would be able to see them, according to WUSA-9.

Unruliness or too much Government?

In 2010, New York say a variety of red light camera lenses get spray painted over, and Seattle saw people steal cameras from on top of traffic lights, according to AOL Autos. Red light vandalism is just as bad, and it is not just confined to occurring in Maryland and Washington D.C., according to the Baltimore sun.

Clifford Clark III, of Knoxville, Tenn., according to WATE-6, an ABC affiliate in Knoxville, shot a red light camera with a hunting rifle in 2007. He was arrested for felony damage but charges were dropped in 2009.

People hate the idea of Big Brother and the government watching us too much, so even though people should just keep away from breaking the law in any way, maybe the government should not be watching us so closely.

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