France unveils new driver-friendly speed camera warning signs

France unveils new driver-friendly speed camera warning signs
The current version of radar warnings across France. Photo: AFP
France is hoping to catch your eye with its new warnings for speed cameras.

France's Interior Ministry revealed a new design on Monday for the road signs warning of a potential speed camera ahead. 

The design has seen several changes to the current camera warning signs (pictured above), including the removal of the truck and the removal of the words “For your safety – Frequent radar controls ahead”.

Perhaps  the most useful aspect of the news signs is the inclusion of a reminder of the legal speed limit on that stretch of road, which for foreign drivers at least is often hard to remember.

Motorists can soon expect to see the following streamlined version instead:

A spokesperson from the ministry said the goal was to make the signs more instantly readable and understandable.

“We've done studies that show the words weren't even read on the previous signs,” added the spokesperson, Emmanuel Barbe. 

Barbe said that given the estimated cost of changing the signs was €4 million, the government will replace the signs gradually from March 1st this year.

Speeding motorists are a real problem in France, with “risky behaviour” said to be a key problem in France's 3,500 road death toll in 2015.  
In February last year France rolled out 5,000 dummy speed cameras in the hope of tricking motorists into driving more safely. 

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