France: First 3 Segment Radars
File under France Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
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:
Departement (state): 25/Doubs
Location: The tunnel on the RN 57 bypassing Besancon at the village of Beure .
Segment: 2 kilometers long
Warning: A pedagogic radar will be installed before it, letting you know at what speed you are travelling at this moment.
Departement (state): 44/Loire-Atlantique
Location: The bridge of Saint-Nazaire, at Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins
Segment: 3.5 kilometers
Warning: Pedagogic radars will be installed before the segment
Departement (state): 47/Lot-et-Garonne
Location: On the RN 21 at Pujois
GPS: 44.38203,0.712652 (not exact)
Segment: 4.9 kilometers
Warning: Pedagogic radars will also be installed before the segment starts.
Via: Minister of Transport