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Sounds very civilised.
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Vandals have turned roadside radar to face a railway line

A mobile speed trap by the roadside in Orsan, Gard no longer flashes speeding cars but trains - after vandals turned it to face a railway track parallel to the road.

The radar is still intact but it remains unclear whether any speeding fines for excessive train speed through nearby Bagnols-sur-Cèze will be sent to the SNCF.

This is unlikely, as all speeding tickets are supposed to be authorised by police officers working in the Centre National de Traitement for road offences in Rennes – with software scanning each photo for a number plate. However, with 55,000 photos being treated each day...

Speed limits in France are as follows: 130kph on the autoroute, 110kph on a two-way road separated by a central reservation (un terre-plein central), 90kph on a main road and 50kph in built-up areas.

Penalties for breaking the limit vary and depend on the road and speed. Break the limit in a 50kph zone and you could face a €45 fine if you exceed the limit by less than 20kph – or a €90 if you break the limit by more than 20kph.

The €45 fine rises to €68 if not paid in 15 days and €180 if not paid in 45 days. The €90 fine can rise to €135 and €375.

An extract from my Connection newspaper, just for info.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote wotbus@ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Mar 2017 at 16:38
I should add that the 50kph restriction in built-up area's is a bit vague as there are more and more 30 and even 20kph zones within and it's not always clear where one ends and begins
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Mar 2017 at 19:36
Those speed limits reduce in wet weather, though how wet it has to be remains a mystery.
 
Also in France you have to carry your driving licence with you at all times (when driving) and if caught at a certain figure above the posted limit, the police can immediately relieve you of it.
There was a case of a Brit biker got caught, refused to pay fine and was slung in clink. Moral of that story - when in a hole it pays to stop digging.
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Better 5 minutes late in this world than years early in the next.
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