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Publicity Stunt Gift Wraps Speed Cameras


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 12 Feb 2010

pocketgpsworld.comIt's an old story but one I've only just heard of and it made me smile so much I thought you should all hear of it!

Early one morning with the aid of company employees, 200 speed cameras across the Netherlands were gift wrapped and thus prevented from operating and issuing tickets!

This was part of a publicity stunt to advertise an energy drink. Quite what Dutch Police thought of the stunt is unknown but once the stunt was discovered the wraps were quickly removed os the cameras could resume their fine issuing.

The story started me wondering what the response would be if a company did the same thing in the UK. I can't imagine our authorities taking this lightly at all and no doubt those responsible would be facing some charge or other but it would be a great idea for one of the many anti-speedcam groups to copy.

Rather than destroying the cameras, I can see the anti-speedcam groups receiving a great deal more support if they were to gift wrap them, or perhaps wrap them in a duvet to keep them warm during this cold snap? You could even fit them with very dark sunglasses for the summer!

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Posted by mostdom on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:00 am Reply with quote

Cool Inciting a rebellion again I see, mr Griffin.


Dom

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Posted by G1LIW on Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:51 pm Reply with quote

I don't even know what offence they could charge someone with - it's not criminal damage, as you're not destroying the camera, or damaging it: You're just putting a cover on it to keep the frost off Wink

Link to the UK Statute Law Online Database: Criminal Damage Act 1971 (c.48)


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Posted by Darren on Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:56 pm Reply with quote

There is bound to be some offence of 'interfering with' or 'obstruction' that would fit the bill nicely Confused


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Posted by MaFt on Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:45 pm Reply with quote

if cameras are there for safety then you could be done under some random health & safety act for putting the public in danger Very Happy

MaFt


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Posted by s3dbw on Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:40 pm Reply with quote

Quite mild by Dutch standards, the usually use chain saws, expanding foam or just set fire to them


 
Posted by DennisN on Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:59 pm Reply with quote

Conspiracy to pervert the course of Justice.


Dennis

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Posted by G1LIW on Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:10 am Reply with quote

Hmm... yeah, that'd do it, alright. Evil or Very Mad


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Posted by JimmyTheHand on Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:44 am Reply with quote

G1LIW Wrote:
I don't even know what offence they could charge someone with


they'll probably find something under the anti-terrorist laws this government has brought in Evil or Very Mad

but most likely "Obstructing a Police Officer" - which I believe is what they have prosecuted people under for warning of speed traps


J.

 
Posted by Darren on Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:08 am Reply with quote

JimmyTheHand Wrote:
but most likely "Obstructing a Police Officer" - which I believe is what they have prosecuted people under for warning of speed traps

That would require the presence of a Police Officer though. A Gatso doesn't need one Wink


Darren Griffin - Editor

 
Posted by JimmyTheHand on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:14 pm Reply with quote

Darren Wrote:
That would require the presence of a Police Officer though. A Gatso doesn't need one Wink

A gatso may be able to run unattended - but there is likely to be some police involvement in the process, so interfering with a Gatso is liable to regarded as obstructing a Police Officer.


J.

 
Posted by Darren on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:17 pm Reply with quote

I can assure you that it could not be used in this case but it's not that important Smile


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