Fast pass: Italian traffic camera catches 58,568 speeders in 14 days

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Speed cameras have long been torturing drivers near and far. The devices are hooked up to radar detectors and, when they catch a car going past at a speed higher than the posted limit, they snap a photo and initiate a citation for that driver. They’re extremely useful, if not hyperactive, for the towns and cities where they are used, but a bane to drivers. This has never been more on display than in a small town that recently reported it snapped 58,568 offenses in just two weeks.

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.

Acquetico, Italy

The filed 58,568 speeding tickets in . 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.

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