NEWS: Police will be out in force on French roads this weekend. A new racing circuit in Belgium throws open its doors for the first time.
GIBRALTAR FRONTIER WATCH: hovering between 15-30mins most of the day.
FRANCE: 15,000 SPEED COPS ON THE ROADS
Increased police presence for the two most deadly months.
Road deaths rose again in France in June compared to the same month last year but, again, not by as much as feared.
Fatalities increased by 3.8% last month as against a cut of 10.4% in June 2013 when new unmarked camera cars had initially led to large drops in the number of serious accidents. The effect however quickly wore off.
Overall, the first half of 2014 saw the number of fatal accidents grow by 7.9% compared to the same period in 2013 following rises of 28% in March, 8% in April and 15% in May.
According to Securite Routiere, forty percent of the increase in road deaths are cyclists and pedestrians.
Ahead of the 14 July Bastille Day holiday weekend, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warns drivers that nearly 15,000 gendarmes and police officers will be on the roads though he didn’t say how many are present normally.
July and August normally account for 20% of fatal traffic accidents in France. Traffic levels this weekend are expected to be raised though not at their worst.
Traffic police took the opportunity in a Sunday Times article last month to deny they specifically target UK registered cars though the received wisdom says 50% of those committing speeding offences in France in the summer are from abroad.