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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Speeding in Touraine: Police have a new generation of radar starting this weekend!

La Nouvelle République reports here and here on a new generation of speed camera that goes into service in Indre-et-Loire this weekend along with 18 other French départments. Capable of operating in both directions and apparently virtually undetectable, these new cameras may well catch many more speedsters. The new devices do, however, have a greater margin of error than previous ones – in 50 kph there is a penalty from 61 kph, 90 kph – 102 kph and 130 kph - 146 kph. The aim is to ctach drivers who are well over the limit.  

1 comment:

winey brett said...

And, via AA:
Satnav and speed camera alerts
Since 3 January 2012 French laws have prohibited drivers from carrying any device capable of detecting speed cameras. This includes products or devices able to warn or inform of the location of speed cameras e.g. satnav or gps systems capable of showing speed camera sites as Points of Interest.

The law is primarily aimed at speed camera detectors and sat-navs. It is unlikely that the French police will turn their attention to atlases but there is no guarantee this would be the case.

As well as the ban on warning devices, the French government is installing around 400 new, unsigned, fixed speed cameras as well as taking down signs indicating the location of existing camera sites.

If you have a satnav capable of displaying French camera locations in France then you must at least disable camera alerts. Contact the manufacturer for advice too as a software or database update is likely to be available that will remove camera data for France from the device.

If you have a satnav system built into your car then contact the vehicle manufacturer in the first instance.