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France: New Long Range Speed Radar Comes Into Service

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  France Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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It's getting tougher and tougher on the roads of France. With all sorts of radars being installed to catch any unsuspecting motorist, and levy a substantial tax (i.e. fine), the latest speed radar being deployed is even more dangerous for us motorcycle riders.

Called the Ultralyte Compact the new mobile speed radar will catch you 1 kilometer (3,280 feet) away!!! Previously the best mobile radars had a reach of 400 meters, a distance that gave you a sporting chance to see the cops and slow down. 1 kilometer is too far to see them, and worse, this radar will check the speed of two vehicles simultaneously, meaning driving close to each other will get both caught. The device will measure speeds up to 320 kph (200 mph), and can be used for a period of 20 hours non-stop before the batteries need to be recharged.

They're not cheap; €7,500 per radar, but at the speed they catch offenders, it'll have been paid off in a day.

But to make things even worse, the French Gendarmes now have an extended night-sight for their radars. The Lumaphore will permit them to see the light of day during the evening in a 2,400 m2 zone. So even in the pitch dark, they'll ticket you for speeding 3 kph over the limit. At €7,000 per device, they'll need to spend many hours at night to return the investment.

So be warned.

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