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Driving in France - Watch Your Speed!!!

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Though much already has been said about French cops cracking down on speeding here I think it is worth repeating - don't speed!

My son, born and raised in France, recently came back from a 5-week sojourn in France that involved a lot of driving and he was SHOCKED as how strictly speed limits were being enforced compared to just several years ago.

He says there were speed checks EVERYWHERE and no one was going over the posted speed limit.

And there were plenty of police (gendarmes) check points on roads where cars were stopped at random - to see if their registration was up to date and check also for folks drinking - which is also cracked down on seriously.

He and his mum got stopped and he had only a Michigan driver's license - the cop looked at it puzzled my son said but just waved them on.

One thing that was a problem was Priority on the Right where at unmarked intersections the car on the right automatically has priority - whilst most interesections are now marked older folks especially may think they have priority coming from the right even at marked intersections - this happened to them in Lyon where an old lady driver at a round about where it was clearly marked on her area with a yield to traffic in the round-about sign she started to dash out right in front of my son's car - they had to put on the brakes to avoid a crash - my son's uncle then unleashing a verbal tirade at the old lady!

So be careful of speeding even a tad over the speed limit in France - don't drink and drive - zero tolerance on that and be cautious about drivers coming in from the right - right or not!

Bon Voyage!

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