France is testing speed cameras that also check phone and seat belt use – .

France is testing speed cameras that also check phone and seat belt use – .

New radars capable of detecting whether drivers are using their mobile phones, wearing a seat belt or have lit a red light are being tested in France.
The cameras, dubbed “urban field equipment”, ETU, should start testing in the coming days in Toulouse, Occitanie; and the Doubs, in the communes of the Pays de Montbéliard Agglomeration.

The cameras will be able to check if the driver is:

  • Using a mobile phone while driving

The housings will be “miniature versions” of the current radar design, as the previous type “struggled to blend into urban areas,” the The prefecture of Doubs said.

They will be installed in dedicated booths, either on dedicated stands or on existing street furniture. Some cabins may be empty and serve as decoys.

The cameras will be placed in the areas where traffic accidents are most likely to occur. 100 cabins and 20 cameras will be installed in the Doubs and Toulouse during the test phase.

This will last until 2022. If successful, the new cameras will be gradually installed across the country.

The news comes a few days after a French driver makes headlines for not knowing how speed cameras work (cameras that track your average speed, rather than taking a single snapshot). She has accumulated more than 30 speeding fines for the same section of road, amounting to more than € 2,500.

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