The speed limit inside the tunnel sits at 90 km/h (55 mph), with many commuters considering this as unreasonable for a dual carriageway - the Google Earth photo above shows this. Still, there’s a long way from frustration to acts that risk being classified as terrorism, especially given the current rise of the phenomenon.
According to alVolante (Italian), the group who placed the bomb also left behind leaflets that read, “Motorists are tired of cameras that serve only to make money. This is only the beginning, next time we’ll blow up the city.”
The incident took place in Pantigliate, a commune in the Province of Milan (about 15 km from the city).
As for the authorities’ response, the major of Pantigliate explained the responsibility for the speed camera does not belong to the municipality.
“It is not the first time we received threats. However, we will once again explain the municipality does not have anything to do with the control system. The speed cameras were installed and are controlled by the provincial police. This is an unspeakable and incomprehensible act.“
The fines for speeding in that area can climb north of EUR150 or $170, but the threat represented by the bomb still remains an exaggerated measure. Even so, the authorities should consider re-evaluating the situation. Similar speed limits are enforced all over Europe, but we rarely see citizens turning to such desperate acts.