So close came a speed camera to fund an entire village.
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Now we’re going to Italy, more specifically to the small village of Acquetico. Acquetico is located in northern Italy, on the Ligurian coast and near the border with France. Not too far from San Remo.
The village is not located right on the coast, but a bit up in the mountains. The roads around are fantastic, some of the best in the region. This attracts fast cars and motorcycles, not only from Italy, but also from France and Monaco.
The whole area is a Mecca for both sports cars and motorcycles. During the summer and especially on the weekends, the atmosphere is the same as at the Nürburgring.
A very popular road goes straight through the village. As many of the 120 residents often complained that it probably went a little fast sometimes, the mayor was forced to act. In the spring of 2018, he therefore set up a speed camera at the village’s only pedestrian crossing.
Two weeks later came the first report. He could not believe his eyes. The speed camera had captured 58,568 speeding offenders.
One in three cars drove faster than the speed limit, which is 50 km / h. The worst speeding offender kept 135 km / h through the village. Many had several fines. Some two every day. One in the morning and one in the evening. One thing was for sure – there was no respect for the law. It was full throttle, even past the pedestrian crossing.
The average fine was 85 euros. The total amount the speed camera had collected was almost 5 million euros – this in just fourteen days. An unimaginable sum of money for a village with only 120 inhabitants.
Since the spring of 2018, most speeding offenders have been prosecuted and traffic behavior has changed. The camera has had an effect and the speed has been dramatically reduced through the village.
In an interview, the mayor jokingly explains that he thinks it’s a shame that they are driving slower now. After some fantastic months with many millions of euros in the municipal account, the situation is more normal today. People drive carefully through the village and the income is on par with other speed cameras in the country.
Had it continued in the same insane style as the first fourteen days, the village’s small camera had drawn in round slings ten million euros a month. A considerable amount of money that has far exceeded the entire village budget – several times over.
The mayor explains that it would then have been possible to build a tennis hall and a water park for the villagers. They could have invested in the best preschool in northern Italy and offer waste management and all electricity consumption for all households. They could have their own health center with a private doctor and an ambulance helicopter on standby. And have been able to send all the children from the village to expensive universities abroad.
At the same time, they could have lowered the village’s tax rate to zero. The speed camera could have drawn in over 80,000 euros per inhabitant and month. The entire operation of the small village could have been financed by a speed camera that cost 11,800 euros to install.
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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