Monday, September 12, 2005
No Speeding (Watch Out for the Helicopter)
The Venetian government is escalating its crackdown on speeders on the Grand Canal. According to Buongiorno Venezia, the town, has rented a helicopter for two months to enable local police to locate those who exceed the speed limit. Deputy Mayor Michele Vianello said, "It's an exceptional way to locate offenders. They are filmed and their position is relayed to the lagoon patrols who stop them to issue the fine. What I saw from above was a shameful thing. Nobody, with very rare exceptions, observes the speed limit. With this system, nobody will be able to get away with it."