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The city of Vicenza is installing traffic cameras in an attempt to dramatically reduce traffic in a large section of its downtown.

The cameras are being set up at the entrances to an area that spans dozens of blocks south of the main train station. They will be operating around the clock and will take pictures of license plates of vehicles entering the area, according to information supplied by the U.S. Army Garrison-Vicenza public affairs office. Those unauthorized to be driving there — which, in the case of Americans, includes everyone but those living in the area — will receive tickets in the mail for 74 euros.

It’s the latest in a series of steps the city has taken to reduce traffic and air pollution. In January, it banned cars manufactured before 1997 from visiting downtown areas from 9 a.m. to noon and 3-6 p.m. on weekdays.

Vicenza isn’t the first Italian city to use such cameras to reduce traffic. In January 2008, Milan installed similar devices at entrances to its downtown area. Unauthorized drivers there face fines up to 295 euros. Milan drivers can avoid a fine by purchasing a pass to enter the area, but that’s not the case in Vicenza.


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