Small Village in Italy Installs Speed Cameras. Issues 58568 Tickets in Two Weeks
You will hate me for saying this, but I have nothing against speed cameras. If used reasonably (looking at you politicians) they bring law and order to otherwise chaotic bits of road. Great!
However, things are somewhat different in Italy - where people just can't be bothered by your rules impeding on their hedonistic way of life.
This has never been more true than when in Acquetico, a small village in the northwest corner of Italy, newly installed speed cameras issued 58,568 tickets in just 14 days. And the whole place has only 120 residents!
It turns out, Acquetico is smack in the middle of a heavily trafficked major road, SS28 Nord, so it's not like those 120 people are zipping around like maniacs all the time. No, they were the ones complaining about all the speeding going on in 30mph (50kph) zones.
But even more shocking than the number of tickets is the severity at which speed limit was ignored. 20 of the worst offenders did it in the middle of the day, with the highest speed recorded at 84mph (135kph). And that's right next to a pedestrian crossing!
Locals say SS28 Nord was favored among drivers because there were no tolls, speed bumps, or cameras on a "road with ideal asphalt, good width, and continuous bends." Drivers would even stage races between larger towns on the road.
All this reminded me of the old Clarkson's piece on Italian driving culture. You MUST watch it!
I love the Italians.