In 2019, the number of road deaths in France fell to the “historically low figure” of 3,239, down 0.3% from the previous year, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced earlier this month.
The news is optimistic, considering seven people were killed in 2016 on the Moyenne Corniche just outside Monaco, between the Quatre Chemins roundabout in Roquebrune Cap Martin and the tunnel before the border of Beausoleil, near l’Espagnol service station.
For residents along this stretch of the RD6007, a main road for daily commuters to access Monaco, the week before the Grand Prix is particularly unbearable, with Ferraris and Lamborghini’s hurtling up and down the road with complete disregard for public safety.
Finally the government is cracking down. Six radars in total will be in installed between some 10 kilometers connecting Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Beausoleil on the Moyenne Corniche. These new generation “turrets radars” cost €32,000 a piece can simultaneously monitor 32 vehicles over several lanes and within 200 meters.
The radars will not only detect speed, but also the use of a mobile phone while driving or failure to wear a seatbelt.
Only two of the six radars will be operational at one time and these will alternate frequently to keep drivers vigilant. Any owner of a vehicle that has been flashed will receive by mail an avis de contravention indicating the type and amount of the fine (€90 to €375). Payment can be made directly on amende.gouv.fr
In a measure to prevent vandalism, the new turret radars are perched at 3 meters. During France’s “Yellow Vest” movement in 2019, 75% of radars across the country were trashed, costing French taxpayers an estimated €360 million (including €300 million alone due to a decrease in fines).
Emmanuel Barbe, who was the head of road safety in France at the time, stated road accidents were up 419 to 32,000 in the seven months leading to August, compared to the same period of 2018.
He said: “Those responsible for these acts of vandalism will have deaths on their conscience because without them motorists tend to drive faster, which mathematically causes more accidents.”