A sixth act of vandalism was spotted on a radar in Martinique. The device, located on the departmental road 7 between Rivière-Salée and Trois-Îlets, was completely burned in the evening of Monday January 23, 2023.
Firefighters from the Territorial Fire and Rescue Service intervened around 20:45 on Monday evening (23 January 2023) to contain the radar fire at the Domaine de l’Oasis on the RD7 between Rivière-Salée and Trois-Islets.
The automated punishment device is unusable, bringing the number of radars completely destroyed by vandalism to six.
Since January 18, 2023, acts of vandalism have been recorded on speed control devices in the Union district of Le Lamentin, on the estrade in Le Robert, on the newly installed device after the Acajou bridge towards Lamentin/Fort-de-France, but also on establishments in Robert and in Sainte-Luce
These devices are located on the territory of Martinique and their primary purpose is to save lives, the Martinique Prefecture recalls.
These radars are there to save lives, and most importantly, the lives of young Martinicans. In the last 5 years, speeding has been implicated in 47% of fatal accidents. More specifically, in 2022, when it was 50%.
Georges Salün, Chief of Staff to the Prefect of Martinique
Press conference on January 19, 2023
A judicial investigation is also underway to identify the perpetrator(s) of these acts.
Keep in mind that offenders face severe penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine of €75,000 or 7 years imprisonment and a fine of €100,000 for assembly offences.