Back from 3 weeks in France

Old Oct 31st, 2019, 09:31 AM
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>> My wife & I joke about this quite frequently while driving in France and we spot a sign covered by foliage. .
LOL, it sounds like a joke, but I think it's the truth.

Karen,
I guess we were either lucky or extremely careful, we never got a ticket when driving abroad. The most challenging were Ireland and Cape Town in South Africa, the craziest Italy, and compared to those everything else super easy.
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Old Oct 31st, 2019, 09:40 AM
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>> received over four months after the trip. Luckily the late fee was waived as we paid online. <<

We received 2 speeding tickets while in Italy in 2018. They were from different jurisdictions. There was no way to pay online. We had to do a bank-to-bank wire transfer. There was no confirmation that the "police" received the payment. I kept the bank info and ticket, and threw them out just yesterday.

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Old Oct 31st, 2019, 11:04 AM
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I have driven very regularly in France for thirty six years and never had a speeding ticket- until the last eighteen months when I have had three!

I consider myself a Conservative driver, and even more so since I retired fully four years ago, so it has been a tad galling, particularly when I always seem to be the slowest car on the road!

Perhaps the fact that , last year, France issued 28 million speeding tickets, gives an indication of what is going on here. I have taken to using the app, ‘ Here we go’ as it has a facility to give an audio alert if you drive faster than the speed limit for any area; I’m just not sure how reliable it is.

PS Sorry for hijacking your thread!
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Old Oct 31st, 2019, 02:20 PM
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Perhaps the fact that , last year, France issued 28 million speeding tickets, gives an indication of what is going on here.
That's a lot of tickets, and considering that geetika got theirs after 4 months, I guess we're not out of the woods yet.
Can you get a ticket for backing out in a toll lane? There was nobody behind us, but the lane we got in was for their e-ZPass only (no credit card or cash payment option), so we had to move to another lane. I still don't know what's the difference between the small "t" and big "t" lane...we used them both after that, and had no problem paying.
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Old Oct 31st, 2019, 03:12 PM
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Well, yes, it's a lot of tickets, and a lot of revenue, and there are now something like 40,000+ speed cameras in France. But you can't argue with the fact that France has drastically reduced traffic fatalities and injuries since it has taken these measures.
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"Yes, I have received about 3 speeding tickets in the last 20 years but generally I do not have the slightest problem following the rules of the road."

kerouac, you're a slacker. I got two within a few hours on our last trip (both in Avignon). I always budget in money for traffic tickets whenever I drive in Europe.

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St Cirq is correct that - although we are moaning about a perceived increase in speeding fines, France did have one of , if not the, worst road accident statistics in Europe, so I suppose they had to do something. They did also reduce the alcohol limit for driving as a means of reducing the awful road accident statistics.
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Old Nov 1st, 2019, 04:23 PM
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Well, yes, it's a lot of tickets, and a lot of revenue, and there are now something like 40,000+ speed cameras in France. But you can't argue with the fact that France has drastically reduced traffic fatalities and injuries since it has taken these measures.
I had no idea, and although it's a sneaky way to do it, it seems to work. Is this one of the cases when the end justifies the means?
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Old Nov 1st, 2019, 09:35 PM
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There are actually only 4,700 radar points in France at the moment, with plans for another 1,200 to be installed in 2020. The new version can also spot whether seat belts are worn, mobile phones in use and insurance stickers. Paris holds the record for radar flashes (702,892) but the area with the most speed flashes compared to the number of cars on the road is the Alps.

3000 people still die in traffic accidents every year, compared to 18,000 in 1973 when there were far fewer cars on the road.
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