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Ministers Responsible for Radars Caught Speeding

  Posted at 10:05:46 AM
  File under  News France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Paris, France

For those of you who have been following my blogs about the radar situation here in France, will have noticed that the Cabinet Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, Minister of Interior & Security, has started a massive campaign against speeding. To that effect, he is installing 1,000's of new, digital radars across France.

Together with very strict laws on when you do get caught speeding (losing your license, jail time, etc), it has become very nerve racking to have to overtake a car because you might just get caught speeding.

Therefore, it is very appropriate that on the day of the inauguration of the very first digital radar, Sarkozy and the Minister of Transport & Roads, Gilles de Robien, are both caught red handed speeding to the inauguration !!! Talk about irony!

Some journalists of the car magazine "Auto-Plus" had stationed themselves on the RN20 road where the two ministers were going to travel on, and they measured the two cars with a handheld radar as used by the Police.

Result: on a road limited to 70 kph, Sarkozy was travelling at 103, while de Robien was travelling at 98 kph. According to the law (link), Sarkozy should get a three year license suspension (or his chauffeur should). Even though they were escorted by police, they are not allowed to speed!!

So what can I say. Caught !! But it does not take away that the accident rates have dropped dramatically since Sarkozy has taken over the security. But I wish he wouldn't be so strict on us bikers, and that he himself would show the example.

According to the police, less than 25% of cars now still speed, while 75% of motorcycles still speed (the official comment of the French motorcycle magazine Moto Journal was "only 75% ??").

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