Awareness rather than fines


The success achieved by the previous edition led Alis, in cooperation with the Sées Gendarmerie mobile brigade and in the presence of Monsieur David PAMART, Public Prosecutor of Argentan, to repeat an original operation aiming to make drivers aware of the importance of abiding by the rules of driving in a zone with road works.

On Wednesday, 17 October, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, the Gendarmes carried out speed checks in the Gacé incline, in the Orne Department, where road works were being carried out. These road works required the closing of one carriageway and single lane two way traffic on the other, justifying a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h in certain areas. Stopped by the Gendarmes, drivers that were caught speeding by more than 20 km/h over the limit were charged on the spot. However, those caught speeding by less than 20 km/h more than the speed limit had the choice of either paying a fine and losing one point off of their license, or accepting to participate in a 15 minute awareness training session. The majority of the drivers caught speeding chose the second option.

Organised at the Chaumont Operations Centre, during these training periods, the motorists firstly watched motorway patroller tell his story as a victim of an accident and that of the driver who caused the collision. The participants were then able to speak freely with members of the A28 Rouen-Alençon motorway patrol staff as well as law & order personnel. Not at all aiming to make the drivers feel guilty of their behaviour, these exchanges were relaxed and constructive with having the sole aim of making them aware of how dangerous it is to work on the motorway while it remains open to traffic and to remind them that not obeying the speed limits and road safety rules can result in a serious accident.

At the end of the session, each participant went away completely convinced of the good sense of this "alternative measure to a fine" and ready to pass the message on to all their family, friends and acquaintances, thus making the operation more effective and participating in improving the safety of those that, day in, day out, work in the interest of motorway users.