Protesters in France have damaged around two thirds of the country’s speed camera network as part of their fight against rising fuel and commuting costs. The French government was forced to start a hard-hitting speed campaign amidst thousands of road-related deaths and injuries last year.
The Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner has said the devices had been “neutralised, attacked, or destroyed” by members of the Yellow Vests and that over 60% of France’s 3,200 speed cameras are believed to be affected.
The public were already angry with speed limit sanctions that were imposed last year. In many parts of the country, the speed limit was reduced from 90km/h to 80km/h, which is 50mph.
The movement originally began over fuel tax increases and the rising cost of commuting for the working person, which has now resulted in protesters targeting toll roads and speed cameras. According to the Yellow Vests, many people feel that speed cameras are solely there to generate revenue from the poor.
The Yellow Vests, or Gilets Jaunes in French is a protest movement named after the high-visibility vests that every driver in the country must keep in their vehicle by law.
Many see this movement as being heavy handed, where innocent people’s property has been damaged or destroyed. Others see them as the wake up call the French Government needs.
While many have praised this latest tactic, others accuse the Yellow Vests of being reckless by putting innocent motorists at risk.