Speeding in France

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  1. Larby

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    Whilst trundling along after a superb 4 weeks in France I had only just thought how few speed cameras I had seen.
    Then one of them winked ! at me. :Eeek:
    I did find the constant changes of 90, 70, 50 even 30 quite a challenge but my maximum speed in a little short of 2000 miles was 63 MPH according to my sat nav. I was winked by a little forward facing box on my side in a 70 km section.
    I was doing 77/76 when I glanced at sat nav. This was one of those wide open roads with no obvious reason for 70 km except approaching a roundabout although I was still some way from it.

    I'm not looking for excuses and I accept I was driving so will accept the consequences whatever they may be.
    So what are they ?? Anyone had first hand experience which they are prepared to admit please?
     
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    There is talk here of re-introducing Mme. Guillotine ... :Smile:

    One gets a letter within 2 days asking for a donation of 60 euros if the limit is exceeded by 2 or 3kmh., at least when you have a French address.
    You'll most likely get away with it this time - not definite though as France is a bit keener on pursuing 'foreign' offenders than the UK is...

    They're very powerful cameras here though, (and take your pic too), in fact I was flashed in the car near Brest in Brittany, which I haven't visited for a few years, within 10 minutes of filling the gas-tank in south Wales while heading back to Newhaven for the ferry home the next day. :RollEyes:

    The 'avis de contravention' was waiting in the letterbox at home the day after...

    Bonne chance!!
     
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    I have no idea what the outcome may be - if you are lucky, they may think it is not worthwhile for a relatively minor discretion. However, as a word of caution, and not knowing whether you used motorways where the limit is higher, I offer the following thought.
    If your Kontiki is plated at more than 3.5 tonnes, your speed limit on single carriageway roads is 80 kph, not 90 and your maximum of 63 mph equates to 101 kph.
    I am not trying to sound smart, merely pointing this out in case you did not know.

    p.s. the French truckers seem to ignore the limits anyway, but I guess they know where the cameras are located.
     
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    I came back yesterday and going through one village with a 70kph limit I noticed a shiny silver box placed at the side of the road against a house !! Speed camera at ground level..
    They think of everything these French police, I bet they leave it there for an hour while they go have a coffee... Come back and start sending out the fines..:Doh:
     
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    ... and just recently 'voitures banalisées' were introduced - unmarked cars with cameras ...
     
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    France, now embracing all things Muslim, are adopting sharia law and will cut off your right foot.
     
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    And this is what the 'voiture bandits' look like:
     

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    I was flashed at 3 weeks ago in NW France and my friends who live in Normandy suggested that I should not worry - they get flashed frequently but have never been fined.
     
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    All the speed cameras I saw in France were low level. The like to place them forward facing just behind Armco barriers and just inside 50km limits in Limoges, most other places we visited last week were low level rear facing just about anywhere. Many of the warning signs have been removed too, so it pays to have your eyes on your speedo / sat nav. I have set my sat nav set on Kmh but don't rely on them for speed limits. I have been through small towns where I expect the limit to be 50kmh only to find a 30 Rappel sign a few yards, sorry, metres further on
    I actually went through a police radar trap in Burgundy, luckily I was going very slowly because I was lost!
    Allan
     
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    If Att doesn't beat them to it for you being so blase about it:Rofl1:
     
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    Tell do how you can live in France and never get fined ?? !!
     
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    Probably because they have a UK registered car and just use their French house for the holidays. They did, however, suggest that their French friends seemed to get away with it as well. The only time that they have been fined is when they were zapped by a police officer at the side of the road. They are not speed freaks (afaik) but it seems increasingly easy to be flashed in France now - speeds limits change regularly and there is not always and obvious reason which would help remind drivers of the limit.
     
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    Having recently replaced our old Garmin 250 Nüvi with a New Dezl 560 (trucker's model), I have been impressed by the truck speed limits function. When using it in Truck or Motorhome (RV) mode, it displays the general truck speed limit and seems to be very sensitive to local variations (in France too!). It doesn't work on all roads as some have not been classified in the Navteq maps database, but so far the system is pretty impressive.
     
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    well, that could be a lot worse....:Laughing:

    they've already got you by the balls, so......
     
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    Funny how we all differ, unless France has changed in the last six months I find it just about the easiest country to be able to anticipate what the speed limit is or will be.

    Not being critical of anyone just my personal observations
     
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    We have been flashed couple of times and nothing has ever come of it.I wouldn't sweat it if I were you...life has enough real stresses so why worry about what might not come to anything!:thumb:
     
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    Interestingly - I find it more difficult than most countries that I have driven in around the world.


    The route I took going up towards Normandy from Tours had several villages that had speed limits that ranged from 30 to 70 kph. I was flashed approx 400m from the start of the village and had missed the sign stating the limit which was approx 400m behind me (I checked). I was travelling at approx 73 kph as that was the max comfortable speed that I was comfortable with (due to the road camber, slope and size of our vehicle) even though I believed the limit to still have been 90.
     
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    They have started to incorporate speed camer's into the crash barriers on the central reservations of motorways. :Eeek:
     
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    Hi
    Not the same, we went through a pay booth that wouldn't take my card or cash, the barrier went up we went through with the alarm sounding, this was in June around 40 euros not heard anything. Pete :BigGrin:
     
  20. deanroofing

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    Was flashed back in July nothing came through the post,
    In France at the moment and not been arrested yet, did read some where
    That we don't assist them in UK with fines, but if you get lasered that's a payment on the spot job, as mentioned dont worry about it.
     
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