New speed cameras which record the average speed of a car over several kilometres appear on French motorways from Wednesday. 

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‘Average’ speed cameras hit French roads

New speed cameras which record the average speed of a car over several kilometres appear on French motorways from Wednesday. 

'Average' speed cameras hit French roads
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The cameras, known as ‘average speed cameras’ or ‘radars-tronçon’ in French, use several positions to measure a car’s average speed.

The first of the new cameras has been installed in the eastern Doubs region.

According to national road safety agency Sécurité Routière, the cameras are designed to stop the dangerous practice of drivers who slow down suddenly for normal cameras before speeding up again. 

The cameras will not flash but warning signs will be placed before the controlled area. Drivers will see speed panels that tell them how fast they are travelling.

Sécurité Routière said the cameras would be placed on roads that are “particularly accident-prone”. These include roads that narrow suddenly, have many bends or close to tunnels and bridges.

Road safety organisations welcomed the new cameras.

“These cameras are a response to those drivers who play with fixed cameras, braking suddenly and then speeding up again,” said Chantal Perrichon of the League against road violence.

Some motoring organisations were concerned the cameras could be used excessively.

“They are useful in dangerous spots and to replace the large number of cameras that are annoying,” said Louis Derboulle from the 40 million drivers organisation.

He told Liberation newspaper that “if they are used on a 30 to 40 kilometre stretch of the motorway, that’s a scandal. That’s just designed to make money.”

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Drivers in France to be spied on by 400 ‘super speed cameras’

Hundreds of hi-tech “speed cameras of the future” are to be be installed this year on roads across France, which has had three quarters of its existing cameras vandalised since the start of the “yellow vest” protests several months ago.

Drivers in France to be spied on by 400 'super speed cameras'
A vandalised speed camera in Corsica in December. Photo: AFP

The cameras, perched on four-metre tall posts, have been tested in Marseille and Strasbourg and now 400 of them will be rolled out over the coming year, with three times that number to be set up next year, France Info reported.

The devices are capable of not only clocking your speed but also recording a variety of other misdemeanours, such as phoning while driving, sudden swerving, not wearing a seatbelt, or overtaking on the right, which is illegal in France.

But in the short term the cameras, whose brand name is the Mesta Fusion 2 and which can monitor eight lanes of traffic and several vehicles at once, will be used only to catch people speeding.

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There will be four decoy cameras for each operating one, and the decoys and the real ones will be switched regularly to prevent drivers figuring out which are the ones catching them breaking the law.

The new cameras are said to be far harder to vandalise than existing ones.

 

The French government last week blamed a steep rise in road deaths in February on the yellow vest movement, during which three quarters of speed cameras on the country’s roads have been vandalised or put out of action in recent months.

Official figures said that 253 people were killed on the roads in France in February, a 17.1 percent increase on the same time last year.

Previously road deaths had been going down. There were 3,259 deaths on the country's roads in 2018 – down from 3,448 deaths the previous year.

But they have started to rise again since the yellow vest movement began late last year.

Some protesters angry about planned rises in fuel tax and the rising costs of travel to work, and about a recent lowering of speed limits on some roads, turned their ire on speed cameras.

 
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