According to a report from the BBC, Acquetico, a town in the corner of northwest Italy (between Genoa and Nice, France) has approximately 120 residents. But because a major road, SS28 Nord, passes through, it is heavily trafficked. This prompted the town’s mayor Alessandro Alessandri to set up a trail speed camera as a response to numerous complaints about speeding in the 31 mph (50 kmh) zone. The results were mind-blowing.
The camera filed 58,568 speeding tickets in 14 days. Possibly worse than the number of offenders were the numbers at which people were blowing through the small town, where residents regularly cross the street at a crosswalk. The worst speeder was caught doing 84 mph. According to the report, dozens were caught doing double the speed limit, and a majority of the 20 worst offenders did so during the middle of the day.
Naturally, Alessandri plans to make the camera permanent. We have a feeling this small town could become very rich very quickly in the near future.