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France: First 3 Segment Radars

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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We've already told you that France was going to deploy segment radars, or radars that would take a photo of your motorcycle when entering the segment, and then again when exiting the segment, usually several kilometers further. Then by simple mathematics, they'll calculate your average speed. If it's above the authorized maximum speed, you'll get a nice letter from the government asking you for your first born. Or an arm & a leg.

The segment radars, like all new radars in France, will not be signposted, and the exact locations are not allowed to be stored in a GPS or smartphone (they only will tell you that you'll be entering a "danger zone"). The 3 segment radars will be operational starting July 20th, 2012, but for the first week, they'll not send you the nice government letter, but will just be tested. On August the 1st, the machines will start generating the much needed money for the government.

The good news is that it would seem that the radars are front facing, but this may not be the case for all of them. 40 of these cameras will be deployed this year.

The first three segment radars will be located:

(state): 25/Doubs
: The tunnel on the RN 57 bypassing Besancon at the village of Beure Click for map.
: 47.213738,6.024671
: 2 kilometers long
: A pedagogic radar will be installed before it, letting you know at what speed you are travelling at this moment.

Click for bigger version of Segment Radar Beure
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(state): 44/Loire-Atlantique
: The bridge of Saint-Nazaire, at Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins Click for map
: 47.280161,-2.16671
: 3.5 kilometers
: Pedagogic radars will be installed before the segment

Click for bigger version of Segment Radar Saint Brevin Les Pins
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(state): 47/Lot-et-Garonne
: On the RN 21 at Pujois Click for map
: 44.38203,0.712652 (not exact)
: 4.9 kilometers
: Pedagogic radars will also be installed before the segment starts.

Click for bigger version of Segment Radar Pujois
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Via: Minister of Transport

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