I remember in Albuquerque before we left in 2006 that the city was trying to install cameras at some of the most dangerous intersections to reduce the amount of accidents and the accompanying outcry from various groups that this was a violation of some personal right. I would like to see what these people would do here.
I wrote before about the cameras that the comune has installed around Ascoli Piceno, and I must report it seems to have had little affect on the graffiti problem. I understand closed caption cameras are rather common throughout Europe, have you ever seen the BBC show “Spooks”?
Another place you need to be aware of cameras in Italy is when driving. They have cameras set up on various Autostrada (toll ways) and Superstrada (freeways) that will take your photo if you are speeding and mail a ticket to you several months later. I have been the victim of this before. They also have a program on the Autostrada called Tutor that gauges your time between getting your ticket when entering and paying when exiting and if this is too short you get a speeding ticket.
We were recently in the Macerata Provincia and in several small towns we saw these new speed cameras. In Italy the speed limit, unless otherwise posted, is 50 kmh within the town limits. For those who know Italy this is marked by when you see the white sign with the town name. We saw these cameras as you entered and exited the town and in one larger town I counted five of these cameras placed along the main road through town.
When driving in Italy you should not only beware of the crazy Italian drivers but be sure to smile for the cameras!