• France's news in English

Speeding British driver jams French police radar

Dan MacGuill · 25 Jun 2013, 13:30

Published: 25 Jun 2013 11:49 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Jun 2013 13:30 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

A spate of speeding tickets dished out by French police over the weekend will do nothing to challenge the image that certain British motorists turn into fearless speed demons when they hit the open road of the French autoroutes.

According to French TV TF1, no less that seven Britons were pulled over and given tickets on the same stretch of motorway in Normandy, at the weekend. 

All were clocked at over 190 km/h, but one among them surely takes the biscuit, after reaching such a speed that the mobile police radar couldn't handle it.

The Briton, driving an Audi R8, might have been mistaken for a rogue competitor at the nearby Le Mans 24 hour race, as he sped by on the A28 motorway between Rouen and Alençon in Normandy on Friday.

According to reports in the French media, traffic police were unable to record his exact speed, because their speed radar broke down after the Briton exceeded 250 km/h.

When motorcycle cops from the town of Courbépine finally caught up with him, it was revealed that the Audi R8 was a company car, belonging to a business registered in England.

The vehicle was impounded on orders from the prosecutor at Evreux, the driver’s license was confiscated, and he was immediately banned from driving on all French roads.

In addition, the British speedster faces a €1,500 fine and, one would venture to say, an awkward conversation about company car privileges, when he returns to Britain.

Let this speedster be a lesson for the thousands of British motorists who are set to flock across the Channel this summer.

Story continues below…

Rosie Sanderson from the British motorists organisation The AA rejected the stereotype of British drivers travelling at break-neck speeds in France, but said there was always a risk that exuberance and complacency could take effect when driving abroad.

"As soon as you get in the car, you get in holiday mode, and as soon as you get on foreign soil, it can be easy to lose track of speed limits," she told The Local.

The AA has specific advice on their website for anyone planning to drive in France.

Dan MacGuill (dan.macguill@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
France to clear 'Jungle' migrant camp Monday
Migrants will be bussed from the camp to some 300 temporary accommodation centres around France. Photo: Denis Charlet/ AFP

The "Jungle" migrant camp on France's northern coast will be cleared of its residents on Monday before being demolished, authorities said Friday.

How life for expats in France has changed over the years
A market in Eymet, southwestern France. Photo: AFP

Foreigners in France explain how life has changed over the years.

London calling for Calais youths, but only a chosen few
Photo: AFP

Dozens of Calais minors are still hanging their hopes on help from the UK, but not all will be so lucky.

17 different ways to talk about sex in French
Photo: Helga Weber/Flickr

Fancy a quick run with the one-legged man?

Yikes! This is what a rat-infested French jail looks like
Photo: YouTube/France Bleu TV.

This video is not for sufferers of ratophobia (or musophobia as the condition is officially called).

France to allow Baby Jesus in Town Halls this Christmas
Photo: AFP

Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus are safe to go on display again this year, it seems.

National Front posts locations of migrants in French town
The National Front courts controversy. Photo: AFP

"Local tax payers have a right to know," says local far-right party chief.

Paris thieves use tear gas to steal €500,000 of watches
Photo: AFP

The thieves pretended to be couriers then threatened staff with tear gas to get the watches.

Bataclan survivor recounts attack in chilling drawings
Photo: BFMTV screengrab

One survivor has recounted the horrific night through illustrations.

Anger among French police grows as Hollande vows talks
French police demonstrate on the Champs Elysées. Photo: AFP

A fourth night of protests shows government efforts to ease anger among French police have been fruitless.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
The ups and downs of being both French and English
How Brexit vote has changed life for expats in France
Twelve French insults we'd love to have in English
What's on in France: Ten of the best events in October
jobs available