Briton jailed for 246 kph on French road

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, Nov 24 (AFP) - A 32-year-old British man was to appear in a French court Monday after being clocked driving his BMW sportscar at 246 kilometres (153 miles) per hour on a motorway near the Channel on the weekend, police said.

LILLE, France, Nov 24 (AFP) - A 32-year-old British man was to appear in a French court Monday after being clocked driving his BMW sportscar at 246 kilometres (153 miles) per hour on a motorway near the Channel on the weekend, police said.

The man, named as Shaun Barlow of Redhill in Surrey, England, spent the night in jail and had his vehicle seized after encountering officers toting a laser-sighted radar near the town of Saint-Omer.

They registered a speed of 246 kilometres per hour, but reduced that to 233 kilometres per hour to allow for any slight error in the reading. The top speed limit on French motorways is 130 kilometres per hour.

The man faces a charge of endangering lives.

France has adopted a new aggressive policy against speeding in a bid to cut its road fatality statistics that have hovered around 8,000 deaths per year - one of the highest rates in the European Union and nearly double that of Britain.

The first of hundreds of new radar cameras have been installed along roads, catching more than 40,000 speed violations this month, and police have orders to strictly apply the law with radar traps and spot checks of vehicles.

© AFP

                                                                Subject: French news



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