France's yellow vests have something to say about those Orwellian speed cameras | 1/12/2019 | Staff
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Lucky France. The yellow vest protests are showing no signs of letting up. In fact, France is revving up for a new round from les gilets jaunes, so it's going to get ugly once again.

Ahead of that, the tax-protesting revolutionaries, who lit the bonfire last November over the French government's scheme to raise fuel taxes in the name of "going green," have not only forced the unpopular government of President Emmanuel Macron to delay its much loathed fuel tax, but taken the battle to a related quality-of-life front that hurts them a lot: speed cameras. Those Orwellian devices that are everywhere in France, monitoring how fast people drive and issuing automated tickets for even the slightest over-the-limit infraction.

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The yellow vests have trashed more than half of the detested devices. Newsweek reports the figure at 60%:

The "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) [sic – the term as written here means "yellow vests" –DJB] protest movement that brought parts of France to a standstill has also resulted in the destruction of almost two-thirds of the country's speed-camera network.


Christophe Castaner, France's interior minister, said Thursday: "Nearly 60 percent of speed cameras have been degraded since the start of the Yellow Vest movement.

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This comes as a delight to anyone who has lived in Los Angeles and known the joy of opening up one of those red-light camera notices for not getting across a left turn light soon enough, accompanied by a $500 fine. In Los Angeles, a lot of those got damaged, too, before voters threw that garbage out back in 2011.

The French, with a political class that couldn't care less about them, don't have that option, so they're trashing the things, and for good reason.

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First, the French traffic fines are ubiquitous, and the government has set the stage for this by ramping them up. The...
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