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Feb 22, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

Hundreds of French motorists caught ignoring stop sign

More than 500 cars in France caught blowing by a stop sign in a single day after new radar cameras were installed in a Paris suburb

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Motorists in a town in France are apparently having trouble obeying the rules of the road, as local police say more than 500 vehicles blew by a stop sign in a single day earlier this month.

New radar cameras installed at an intersection in Yerres, a commune in the Paris suburb of Essonne, captured 517 cars that did not stop in one day, according to France Bleu radio station.

The cameras, the first to be set up in France at a stop sign, were fully operational on Feb. 15 after two weeks of testing, the radio station said.

Between 1,000 and 1,500 vehicles pass through the area every day, France Bleu reported, and a series of accidents were reported there in the last year.

“It’s an intelligent radar; it only identifies vehicles that did not stop at all,” Stéphanie Landrieux, an assistant to the municipal police chief, told the station.

About 20 to 30 drivers are fined every day on the street for not stopping, the police said.

Stop signs in France are similar to the ones across most of Canada: red octagons with the English word “Stop” at their centre. That design was standardized in the Convention on Road Signs and Signals, which France signed on to in 1968 in Vienna.

But, good luck finding one in the French capital!

Paris was home to only one stop sign in 2012, at the exit of a construction site in the 16th arrondissement, Paris police reported in a newsletter.

Instead of hard stops, the right of way is given to cars on the right on Parisian streets and at roundabouts, including the one on the Champs Élysées, the police said.

That solitary stop sign has reportedly since disappeared.

Quebec has allowed stop signs to carry either the French word “Arrêt” or “Stop” in English since 1992, but both versions are not allowed on the same panel, according to the Office québécois de la langue française.

The word “Stop” was officially designated a French word in 1976.

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