France is to install 10,000 fake speed cameras in a bid to halt its recent increases in road deaths.
A French government committee has approved an four-fold increase in “radar zones” across the country where fake cameras are installed to act as a deterrent. In addition, 500 real ones will also be installed over the next three years while a trial will be carried on on using drones.
The committee also approved a contrôle technique for motorbikes when they are sold on, making gloves compulsory for bikers and scooter riders, and compulsory helmets for cyclists under 12 but stopped short of lowering the overall speed limit on departmental roads from 90kph to 80kph according to English-language newspaper The Connexion.
There are also plans to broaden the use of breathalysers linked to the ignition of cars, which a court could impose on drivers found guilty of drink-driving while drugs tests will be carried out at the roadside using a saliva-testing kit, instead of taking the suspect to hospital for blood tests.
The plans are a result of road deaths increasing in 2014 for the first time in 12 years.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls commented: "The roads of France should not be a cemetery.”