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Damage to speed cameras repaired quickly, Sudbury official says

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Speed cameras at six locations throughout Greater Sudbury became operational March 22, but some residents are apparently unhappy.

The city said so far two cameras have been damaged and someone spray painted the camera lens on another.But repairs are done quickly, said Joe Rocca, director of linear infrastructure services for the City of Greater Sudbury.

The city said so far two cameras have been damaged and someone spray painted the camera lens on another.

“The daily rate we pay for these units includes the repair associated with any possible vandalism that occurs,” Rocca said.

“So the vendor has already built in those costs into the pricing that they have passed on to the city.”

Ron Michaud has lived in Garson for 52 years and drives Falconbridge Road daily.

“Speeding is bad -- a lot of people are going way over,” said Michaud.

Greater Sudbury says so far, two cameras have been damaged and someone spray painted the camera lens on another. (Photo from video)

He said rather than automated cameras, receiving a ticket from police on the spot for speeding has a greater impact on drivers.

“At least they will get the ticket right away and they will know what they got it for,” Michaud said.

“These other ones, they are not going to know they got a ticket for 30 days, which is terrible. They could end up with five or six of them.”

But it’s not all bad news. The city said it’s getting some good feedback from residents in areas where the speed enforcement cameras are located.

“Speeding is just that No. 1 concern that keeps on coming in,” Rocca said.

“A program like automated speed enforcement is really powerful and something municipalities can use to help the police in curbing speeding on our neighbourhood streets.”

The city said despite the damage, it will continue repairing the speed enforcement cameras. The cameras themselves will be relocated every four months with the new locations updated on the city website.

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