Vandalised speed camera divides public opinion on social media
The vandalised camera ta Longdowns (Image: Colin Higgs)
A RECENT spate of vandalism involving speed cameras in Cornwall has divided opinion on social media
Last night saw another average-speed camera fall victim to vandals in the Longdowns area of Falmouth, the third incident targeting cameras to have taken place over the space of a few months.
This latest incident seems to have caused a stir among social media users with some people praising the vandals who cut down the camera and others complaining they are putting people's safety at risk.
In one exchange on a social media group, one commenter stated: "Fantastic, hope this continues!" to which another commenter replied: "I hope none of your friends or family get mangled in a crash caused by someone speeding"
This exchange then sparked a debate as to whether the cameras were installed for the safety or road users or pedestrians or as a means of making money for the local authority.
In another comment arguing whether the cameras would help reduce crashes, one individual stated: "These are revenue collectors nothing else, under guise of safety," sparking a response from another who argued that they would, responding: "Yes they do. The road here at Longdowns has been much safer since it was installed. Some of the speeds people used to do through here were senseless."
One comment that received several likes from other users stated: "It is an average-speed camera that covers a residential area. Everyone applauding this is essentially saying: "Me being able to drive at life-risking speeds through residential areas is more important than the lives of the people that live there!"
Falmouth Packet: Last night saw another average-speed camera fall victim to vandals