Speed ​​cameras, streets as ATMs: this is how the municipality collects the “tax” of passage

The most “summery” is the “zero” which can be read in the 2021 receipts from fines other than those for speeding in places such as Roseto Capo Spulico (Cosenza) and Melpignano (Lecce). As it happens, their territory is crossed respectively by the 106 Jonica and 16 Adriatica state roads, with modern dual carriageway and little traffic sections, where keeping the 90 per hour is not easy and in recent years speed detectors have sprung up (even average, Roseto) not very visible.

Cash-in millionaires and suspects

So Melpignano revitalized its revenues by collecting 4.98 million (will they also have used them for the organization of the famous Notte della Taranta?) And Roseto 728 thousand euros (in addition to the proceeds of the nearby Montegiordano, Rocca Imperiale – already known to the chronicles – and Trebisacce).

According to what was declared to the ministry, here the brigade did not see even an unfastened seat belt or a driver talking on his cell phone, parking in a prohibited way, taking undue priority or committing any other traffic offense. Of course, in cases like Melpignano urban traffic is scarce and the roads are incredibly wide compared to the average of small Italian towns. But it seems incredible that the police do not detect infringements even when they are called to detect an accident. Yet it is the local police that rush into over 60% of the claims in which a police force intervenes.

So the most mischievous come to think that you do not want to fine your relative or friend: just as well, on the municipal roads mostly local citizens circulate, not tourists or strangers traveling for work.

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But the numbers can hide other explanations as well. For example, it may happen that, unfortunately, there are justices of the peace who cancel in a serial way all the fines where there is no speed camera involved. Or again, that the municipal accountancy was wrong in sending the data to the Interior Ministry.

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