• Jul 7, 2010
Bad drivers get tickets. Good drivers get... um, to keep driving. Hardly seems fair. Shouldn't good drivers be rewarded in some way for their efforts to remain calm and composed even when other more reckless drivers are screaming by them in traffic?

At least in France for the next few weekends, the answer is yes. The French Police are awarding coupons worth 50 Euros in free gasoline to motorists who are driving safely and by the rules. Fifty drivers (or motorcycle riders) will get the reward over the next four weekends during the French summer holiday.

Police will be monitoring the RN20 in France, watching for proper seatbelt and turn signal use, a lack of cellphone use, and for following at a safe distance. What do you think? Good idea or bad idea?

[Source: Motorbiker.org | Image: AP Photo/Laurent Rebours]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      So I need to go through the hassle of pulling over for driving well? What happens if I don't pull over?

      Pass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thought, too, but maybe they'd just note the license number and mail the reward to the registered owner? That would be more appealing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the purpose is to prompt people to have good driving habits, then it's already working. We should all write a thank-you letter to the French tax payers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if you are driving an electric car? Do you get a coupon for free electricity? LOL!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Bad drivers get tickets. Good drivers get... um, to keep driving. Hardly seems fair. "

      I think that sounds perfectly fair. The problem is that bad drivers get to keep driving too. I wish my state would enact a 3 strikes and you're out law for drivers. If you get three moving violations in three years, you loose your privilege to drive a car for three years. Bad drivers should get to take the bus.

      Driving is a privilege not a right. Vehicular accidents are the number one cause of death for people under 30 and the number five cause of death over all. Bad drivers are not punished harshly enough in America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the 3 strikes idea. Makes sense, and it has a certain ring to it. Many people seem to think driving a car is one of their inalienable rights granted in the constitution. That's simply not true, and there are alternatives for those who cannot drive safely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where I'm from a three strike system would be fine since there is plenty of public transportation to go around but in many parts of the US that's simply not possible. Not being able to drive a car means you cannot do anything. I like the idea of a three-strike system, because believe me, I want bad drivers off the street, but taking ones license away for that long is too much. I think taking away ones license for a month would be plenty to let the severity of it sink in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm... are the police not a tax revenue collection device out there, like they are here in the United States? if so, must be nice..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh, there are apparently still half decent places out there. Good to know ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't group the US as a whole on that claim. In my part of the country, the police are definitely not revenue collection. Many departments investigate officers that write an excessive number of tickets.

        Btw: If you don't like it, keep this in mind. Police policy is set by the city council. You vote in the city council. That gives you the power to change police policy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hehe, my French grandma actually lives just off that road. I think I'm gonna pay her a visit soon (hopefully that incentive works with foreign cars or rentals ^_^ )