Radar trap warning signs being removed in France
Radar speed traps on roads are a controversial issue, with many claiming that they are purely there to feed the government coffers. As announced on Monday, a raft of measures are being introduced in the name of road safety, one of which is to remove the signs warning motorists that they are approaching a speed trap.
In addition, the official map of speed trap locations is no longer available on the road safety website.
The move has been challenged by the UMP party but the government insists that despite claims that the signs actually increase road safety, the decision will not be changed.
In the Sud Ouest paper, several members of the Gendarme and some magistrates who are concerned with the emphasis on speed and speed cameras gave their views. They argue instead for more police patrols, giving a human face to road traffic safety and a more radical approach, such as different speed limits, perhaps higher than now, for different roads.
The message however is clear – speed at your own peril because from now on there will be no more warnings.
Take a look at our earlier report on the French governmant's crack down on motoring and speeding offences across the couontry.