I note with pleasure that the "yellow vest" protesters in France have come up with a tactic that will delight many motorists.
Members of the "yellow vests" protest movement have vandalised almost 60% of France's entire speed camera network, the interior minister has said.
Christophe Castaner said the wilful damage was a threat to road safety and put lives in danger.
The protest movement began over fuel tax increases, and saw motorists block roads and motorway toll booths.
Some protesters feel speed cameras are solely a revenue-generating measure which takes money from the poor.
The BBC's Hugh Schofield, in Paris, said evidence of the vandalism is visible to anyone driving around France, with radar cameras covered in paint or black tape to stop them working.
But the extent of the damage - now believed to affect more than half of all 3,200 speed cameras in the country's network - was unknown until Mr Castaner's statement on Thursday.
He said the devices had been "neutralised, attacked, or destroyed" by members of the protest movement.
There's more at the link.
I entirely agree that "speed cameras are solely a revenue-generating measure". All the pontifications about their being a safety measure are so much hogwash. How many accidents have they prevented? Count them, and let me know the total, will you? One can't, of course, because it's impossible to prove that claim. On the other hand, they've provided massive revenues to municipalities - and, more importantly, to the companies that install, maintain and operate them. It's become a self-sustaining industry, paid for by hapless motorists.
If the protesters shut down every speed camera in France, I'll be delighted. If that particular form of protest spreads to other countries, I'll be even more pleased. It'll satisfy my inner vandal (and H. L. Mencken's famous dictum).