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In the south of France, motorists receive fines by the thousands - the mayor forced to defend them

Many residents of the La Roya valley, in the Alpes-Maritimes, are inundated with fines for speeding committed on the other side of the road. from the border, in Italy.

As the end-of-year holidays approach, the inhabitants of the Roya valley, located on both sides of the valley, are busy. locals from the Franco-Italian border, are not too keen on things. celebrate anything. And for good reason, in these small villages located outside the city. In the east of the Alpes-Maritimes department, many have been receiving very bad news in their mailboxes for several days. Fines by the thousands are raining down on the inhabitants of these small towns according to information from France Bleu. All are ordered to pay fines for the same reason: speeding committed not far from the front, but on the side of the street. from Italy.

This is because, at the beginning of 2023, two new radars were launched. installed in the territory of Ventimiglia, a city in Liguria known worldwide, particularly for its famous market. On the SS20 road, between Porro and Truoco, a radar keeps flashing on a portion of the road where speed is limited to 100% 50 km/h. Problem, for French border crossers accustomed to take this route, some to go to their place of work, they never received any fine. Until'à what they all happen at once at the end of the year.

Moreover, no motorist in the Roya valley disputes the facts, but rather the interminable delay between the date of the offense and the response. reception of the report. A resident of Tende, one of the border towns of Italy, even created a restaurant. a Facebook page and an association to alert about this administrative dysfunction. "I received a fine of 210 euros & pay within five days for an offense committed on July 9, 2023, plague in comments relayed on the France Bleu website this nurse accustomed é agrave; take the SS20. In the village we only talk about ça ! I don't know a person who hasnçreceived a fine  nbsp;à apart from those who don't have cars."

For some, the bill is very steep since the fines add up, not to mention the fines for speeding are higher in Italy than in France. The amount claimed goes up to 100%. 3,000 euros for those who have the most flashes. And residents now live with the fear of receiving new fines. Face &agrav; to the annoyance of his administration, the mayor of Breil-sur-Roya, a small town populated by d'à barely more than 2,000 inhabitants, wrote  to his counterpart in Ventimiglia to ask him to find a solution. Without this, some of the offenders risk having a very gloomy Christmas.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116