Yesterday, we reported on a man in Ohio who was ticketed for holding a sign alerting other motorists of a DUI checkpoint. Apparently, the French take their speed cameras every bit as seriously as we take drunk driving. The local prosecutor in the Aveyron department of France is charging 10 people for documenting the locations of speed enforcement areas on a Facebook group, and the move is causing a heap of controversy.

The dispute in this case stems from the definition of a radar-detecting device. In 2012, the France passed a law banning radar detectors and GPS equipment that identified the location of speed cameras, according to The Local. The Facebook group in question started in 2012 to collect photos and locations of the cameras and spot police.

At this time, the page is still up and posting pictures of the cameras. It currently boasts nearly 9,000 members, but it's not clear how many of those are newcomers since the brouhaha.

The area's prosecutor finally got fed up and charged ten of the members with using an illegal device, according to The Local. He claimed that the they breached the law because people could look up the page on their smartphone while driving to access the location of the cameras and speed traps.

That seems like a creative reading of the law to some, but the trial doesn't start until September 9, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. If convicted, the accused could face their drivers' licenses being revoked and each receive a fine of up to 1,500 euros – over $2,000. That's a mighty stiff penalty for using Facebook.


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      Sergio526
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hard to hide behind the "Safety" claim with a move like this. Governments claim they put up speed cameras in specific areas to make those areas safer. People warn other of the cameras. People slow down in those areas or avoid them all together. Area is safer, mission accomplished! Right? Why are you guys upset? Everyone's safer, you did your job! Oh, you really just wanted money for nothing? You want those areas to continue being death traps so you get more revenue? That sounds like the opposite reason for why tax payers continue to fund your organization!
      CarbonJoe
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is the mile marker shown in the picture considered GPS? LOL!
      jebibudala
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why do their camera systems look so much ergonomic? I reside in Tucson, and holy god we have the most hideous red-light/speed cameras. Total complete obnoxious eyesores. They even deploy two "rape vans" near school zones. Children are horrified. Oh yeah, it's all about money too. The collision rate has gone UP at every location they're deployed.
      mylexicon
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks like the Nazis conquered France after all
      SloopJohnB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Liberty. Equality. Fraternity. Yeah, that's about right. We have Freedom Cameras in this country...
      Doug
      • 6 Months Ago
      This is the exactly the reason I will not go to France again - terrible place to drive. The Allies should have let Germany keep this Country. It would have been a much better place.
      AnalogJesse
      • 6 Months Ago
      Perfect illustration: Traffic cameras are not about safety. They're about revenue.
      Israel Isassi
      • 6 Months Ago
      Speed cameras are supposed to be a deterrent to speeding. Notifying people of the cameras on FB has the same effect so you would think the police would embrace it... alas, it's about power and profit.
      BodyBlue
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ahhhh Europe....I am sure the big gov euro-trash will stop by and tell us just how cool Europe is again.....
        Jarda
        • 6 Months Ago
        @BodyBlue
        Dude enjoy yourself, you are heading the same direction, where government is the ruler, citizen is it's servant. In some areas we might be a bit further, in others you lead the way...
          Jarda
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          *its wtb edit button
        Lachmund
        • 6 Months Ago
        @BodyBlue
        With a comment like this noone needs to take an effort to prove anything.
        aatbloke1967
        • 6 Months Ago
        @BodyBlue
        BodyBlue ... as opposed to being in a country whereby manipulation of the car industry entails in the importing a vehicle and having it crushed if you can't conform it to your own petulant vehicle standards because no substantially similar vehicle exists for sale in said country?
      Bernard
      • 6 Months Ago
      What they should do is have people who are not French run the group and upload the pictures. They could send the pictures to those non-French owners via e-mail. France isn't going to ban Facebook any time soon.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 6 Months Ago
      So much for freedom of speech
        RGT881
        • 6 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        just like George Carlin once said, either you have rights, or you don't, and it seems that in today's world to be rights are more like occasional privileges.
          thecommentator2013
          • 6 Months Ago
          @RGT881
          well, we're giving them away, aren't we? We don't deserve to be free. That's what the masters think. And they're right. I guess it will be the rednecks saving our asses again..
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 6 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        France doesn't have a 1st Amendment like America does.
      kosmo69
      • 6 Months Ago
      The socialist pigs
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