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Angry resident offers to buy speed camera

Matthew Warren · 10 Apr 2012, 09:36

Published: 10 Apr 2012 09:36 GMT+02:00

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A resident of a small village is offering to pay the €20,000 ($26,000) cost to have a speed camera installed in front of his house.

Guy Reibel lives in the small village of Courcelles in Burgundy, south east of Paris, right on the busy N77 main road. 

"I've been here thirty years and there's never been any work on this road where traffic doesn't stop increasing and just drives ever faster," he said, reported local newspaper L'Yonne Républicaine. 

The composer and orchestra conductor has decided it is worth putting his hand in his own pocket to fund a speed camera that would sit outside his own house.

"Given the way the road curves, it's impossible for us to enter or exit our driveway without putting our lives in danger," he said. 

"The speed limit here is supposed to be 50 kilometres per hour, but everything goes past at between 60 and 80 km/h."

"My own research says these machines cost around €70,000 and I'm ready to contribute up to €20,000," he said.

Mr Reibel has mounted his own road safety campaign by placing a sign in his garden saying "people who speed are murderers."

Local authorities do not seem sympathetic to the request.

A spokesperson said that only one accident had been recorded in the village in the last ten years, when someone was injured in 2001.

"We can only put speed cameras in places where they are strong accident risks," said the spokesperson.


Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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