the limits of video-verbalization



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E.Lagarde, C.Cuello, V.Travert, B.Thomas, S.Giaume, S.Ripaud – France 2

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Many French municipalities have set up video-verbalization. If the police are pleased with good results, the disputes are increasing. Investigation.

For nearly 10 years, video surveillance cameras have been multiplying and have made it possible to observe traffic violations. In Isère, Échirolles has just adopted video-verbalization. Behind the 35 cameras installed throughout the city, the watchful eye of the municipal police. The report is drawn up on a software, then it is sent by post. “On roads where we had major parking problems, it becomes more fluid, and we have less and less”comments Christophe Berger, municipal police officer.

The city of Paris, a pioneer in 2013, now has 1,400 cameras in all districts. To pick up customers at the exit of a cinema, Békir Cihan, a taxi driver, had stopped on a cycle path. He was fined 135 euros. “The fines we receive are always fines for parking. But in truth, we never park, we taxis”, he said. This is his third fine. Behind the cameras, the police are supposed to take the context into account, but there are exceptions. Disputes related to video-verbalization thus constitute the bulk of the files of Me Adrien Weil, a lawyer specializing in traffic offenses law.

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