Urban mini-turrets soon capable of penalizing more offenses

News of the 12/01/2024

Turret radars have become a familiar element of the French road landscape. Since their introduction in 2018, they have helped reduce the number of accidents and violations.

Currently, turret radars are only approved for controlling speed and red lights. However, things are about to change.

Indeed, future mini-turrets intended for urban areas will be designed as “multi-offense control equipment that can be moved in an urban environment”. They could therefore sanction, in addition to speed and red lights, the use of the telephone while driving, not wearing a seat belt, crossing or overlapping a white line, failure to respect pedestrian crossings, failure to respect for the overtaking distance of a bicycle, etc.

This development is due to the fact that it is no longer the State which will finance the deployment of urban radars, but local authorities. The latter, who are looking for new sources of funding, are more inclined to invest in multi-offense radars, which make it possible to fine more motorists.

The decision on the list of additional offenses to be punished by urban turret radars will be up to the State. To do this, he will have to publish decrees. Such a decision is unlikely to be made before the Olympics, which will be held in Paris in 2024.

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