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Speed-camera system sabotaged in Telemark. Unknown bandits sever cables. Some motorists would probably cheer, whilst others might shake their head disapprovingly. But whether it’s a victory for radicalism, or a set-back for regulation, the wires to the new average road-speed measuring systems on the E18 between Dørdal in Bamble, and Gjerdemyra in Kragerø council districts remain cut.Knock-on effect Whoever carried out this act has been successful. According to Telemarksavisa (ta.no), the cables connect two measuring points together on Telenor’s network. If one of them is disabled, then the system is effectively rendered inoperative.

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Speed-camera system sabotaged in Telemark

Published on Sunday, 26th July, 2009 at 13:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Unknown bandits sever cables.

Norwegian speed camera
Norwegian speed camera
Photo: Friman/Wikimedia Commons


Some motorists would probably cheer, whilst others might shake their head disapprovingly. But whether it’s a victory for radicalism, or a set-back for regulation, the wires to the new average road-speed measuring systems on the E18 between Dørdal in Bamble, and Gjerdemyra in Kragerø council districts remain cut.

Knock-on effect

Whoever carried out this act has been successful. According to Telemarksavisa (ta.no), the cables connect two measuring points together on Telenor’s network. If one of them is disabled, then the system is effectively rendered inoperative.

Although reflective vandalism is probably not very common, Telenor have informed the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Vegvesenet) that other installations have also been attacked.

“In addition to our line, a large cable to the fibre-optic network has also been severed one kilometre away,” says chief engineer John Isaksen.

Expensive

The system cost approximately one and a half million kroner. Isaksen tells the paper he is annoyed about the added expense of repairing the damage, and that this will mean cuts elsewhere.

“This also means less money for traffic safety measures in other places,” he says.

It is thought that the vandals struck only a few hours after it was put in to commission.



Published on Sunday, 26th July, 2009 at 13:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: telemark, average, speed, cameras, motorists, vandals, sabotage, norwegian, roads, authority.





  
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