€ 8,370 fine for paging a wedding procession in south-eastern France – .

€ 8,370 fine for paging a wedding procession in south-eastern France – .

A wedding procession made up of about twenty cars was fined a total of € 8,370 for having broken the highway code during its passage through Romans-dur-Isère, in the Drôme, at 3:00 p.m. last Saturday (September 25).
The motorcade drivers had 108 combined points removed from their license.

Rules broken included not wearing seat belts, ignoring stop signs, crossing double white lines, crossing red lights, driving in bus lanes and cycle lanes and driving. using a phone while driving.

Security cameras captured most of the incidents, issuing a record 62 video ticket tickets, the highest number issued since the cameras were installed in the city in 2016.

However, motorcycle police stopped an unregistered motocross vehicle leading the procession.

The local authorities made the following reminder: “When the fiancés request a civil ceremony at the town hall, they sign an agreement which commits them and their families to respect the rules of public peace and security, inside and out. outside the town hall.

” This [also] implies respect for the highway code during the wedding procession.

Wedding processions involved in multiple incidents this summer

Several similar incidents have occurred in recent months.

In the Val d’Oise, violence broke out between wedding guests and the police on September 25, after members of the wedding procession used their cars to block the A16 motorway and the D44 road.

When they attempted to block a third road, police attempted to redirect cars and a clash ensued, with wedding guests throwing chairs, ashtrays and trash cans from restaurant patios, inciting police to use tear gas to disperse the melee.

In the Oise, on September 19, a wedding procession was fined € 9,585 and 71 tickets for traffic violation, again beating the record for the largest number issued in one day in the town de Laigneville.

In the North, on September 4, the police imposed 30 fines on a wedding procession in Valenciennes, for offenses such as speeding, swerving, sitting on car doors and not wearing seat belts.

The city has implemented specific Saturday traffic rules for five years, in an attempt to discourage bad behavior from drivers during wedding processions.

Also in the North, a car from a wedding procession found itself in a police chase on June 19 after a driver of an orange Lamborghini blocked the A21 road by skidding and turning while driving. other members of the procession applauded from their cars.

When the police arrived, the driver fled the scene with the police chasing him, eventually crashing the car.

No one was injured in the incident. The driver, 23, was arrested and charged with several offenses including speeding, refusing to obey police orders and driving without a valid license.

French rules for using the horn

French wedding processions are known to use their car horns to make noise as they pass, in an expression of joy.

However, the French highway code specifies when the horn can be used, which is prohibited in urban areas except in cases of immediate danger.

Outside urban spaces, the rules are broader, with the use of the horn authorized to give warnings to other drivers such as signaling the presence of another car.

Even when horns are authorized, the highway code specifies that the sound produced should not be longer than necessary.

Although the horns are not meant to be used to add to the celebrations, this use is generally tolerated by the police in practice, within reason.

However, the police can impose fines of € 35 for misuse of a car horn and € 68 for using a horn that does not comply with regulations.

The rise of street video surveillance in France

France is a world leader in street surveillance technology, with controversial facial recognition cameras used by security forces in some cases, such as at major events.

Cameras have also been used for over 10 years to identify driving transgressions, with the cities of Nice and Lille in particular being the first to adopt the technology.

In 2008, the Var commune of Draguignan became the first in France to use photographic evidence to penalize motorists for double parking in the city center.

Cannes followed suit a year later, and Nice in 2010. Since then, many local authorities have joined the high-tech trend – including Istres, Nîmes, Chartres, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Paris.

The list of municipalities that practice video verbalization is available here on the video-verbailisation.fr site.

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