France gets tough on Speeding British Motorists
Half of the speeding motorists caught speeding over 125mph in Northern France were British. Now France, fed up with the deaths and injuries they are causing, are taking tough action and they have called on Kent Police to blitz their own countrymen.
This comes from the Daily Mail (28/08/08):-
"British traffic police have been called in to launch a blitz on motorists from the UK who speed through northern France. French motorway patrols say eight out of ten drivers caught speeding in the Nord Pas de Calais region every summer are British.
And half of UK motorists pulled over in July and August are doing more than 120mph.
Now two officers from Kent and a French linguist have teamed up with a patrol on the A26 motorway south of Calais to tackle the problem.
Calais police lieutenant Patrick Vanderstraeten said: 'Some British drivers treat French roads like a racetrack. They think that as soon as they get abroad, the law doesn't apply to them.
'Failure to keep to the speed limit has led to four deaths and 13 injured on the motorways of the Calais region since the start of this year.
He added: 'The British sometimes refuse to pull over when waved down, and some even try to outrun police cars and get away. It's like a game to them.
In Britain, this is happening all the time, and it is no surprise, that is happening in other countries as well. Even in poor weather conditions, they carry on speeding.
The speeding mentality continues, as Facebook dedicates a whole group who want to raise the motorway speedlimit to 125mph.
In Kent, I saw a police speed trap, the other day in which about 15 police officers spent three hours trying to catch unsuspecting speeding motorists. It was good to see them trying to tackle this issue but more needs to be done to prevent them from driving at such high speeds, for example, having their vehicles crushed.