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Just lost my license here in France, not sure for how long, they will decide that in the next few days. Could be up to 6 months, and being English I can imagine that's what I am looking at. Plus a fine of up to 750 Euros.

Be interested in anyone else who's had a similar experience.....and maybe this reminder will stop somebody else from doing the same!!

Now I have a very expensive paperweight sitting outside my apartment.....

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Ouch... Sorry to hear about your plight... Hate to say it but I agree with Loren. Europe is much tougher on speeders than here in the states.mad.gif

I hope things work out for you and you aren't without your car for too long....

You should frame that picture though... One day it will be funny..

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The week before Thanksgiving I got nailed doing 104 mph on my way to El Paso. There's pretty much nothing but ranches and windmills between San Antonio and El Paso, so the speed limit is already 80 mph, and generally in the states, if you're doing less than 25 over the speed limit you can drop the ticket with a defensive driving course. Apparently that only applies if you're doing less than 90 mph.

It cost me about $300, but thankfully here in Texas they don't take your license away.

The officer was nice enough, but I didn't have the balls to ask for a photo of the radar gun. lol

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Just lost my license here in France, not sure for how long, they will decide that in the next few days. Could be up to 6 months, and being English I can imagine that's what I am looking at. Plus a fine of up to 750 Euros.

Be interested in anyone else who's had a similar experience.....and maybe this reminder will stop somebody else from doing the same!!

Now I have a very expensive paperweight sitting outside my apartment.....

Wow. Now I don't feel so peeved about my $300 "driver responsibility fee" levied by the great state of New York. I "failed to obey [a] traffic device" three times in 18 months, so the DMV wins the pool.

Enjoy your time off...

Mark

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Be interested in anyone else who's had a similar experience.....and maybe this reminder will stop somebody else from doing the same!!

When I did european delivery, the Porsche was still in the break-in period during our time in France. My father did get a ticket on the border between Switzerland and France. Don't really know how fast he was going, but we paid the fine in cash (about 100 euros as I recall, around $135 at the time).

But, as we got back into Germany, we were able to find some nice stretches of the Autobahn.

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That is just plain bad luck. you must have been Paris to Calais region cause South France near Nice is speed gun free. (except for one tunnel and two speed cams near St Tropez) there is simply no place for police to hide. 180km/h was my standard speed from nice airport to monaco for 4 years. (until I span on that highway in the rain:). Places to speed are Germany, Itali (allesandria-genova-Nice), never Switzerland, never Calais area. Hm on the other hand disregard everything above, drive safely and follow rules

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Thanks for all your replies, I will let you know the extent of the ban/fine when I hear through the post. I saw that Lewis Hamilton was caught doing nearly 200kmh in northern France, and received a one month ban and small fine, however he was in a 130 limit, not 90 like I was!

Got a friend who is coming to drive the car back to England at the weekend, so I can use it again over there (I hold a UK license, so it's only a ban in France).

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To be perfectly frank, 160 KpH / 100 MpH isn't all that fast on a highway, and I think losing your license for three months is excessive. I often find myself at those speeds, and there is a stretch of highway on my way to work where I do 220 KpH every day. Even that doesn't feel excessively fast, until some dipstick pulls out in front without looking in his mirror...and then you realise just how slow everyone else is going.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I've been driving on my US license (which I should have moved to the UK license a long time ago) and now I am on a gibraltar registered car... as a general rule this has the potential to get me out of the usual speed camera crap. but I'm sure they will throw the book at me if they ever physically pull me over.

Dodged a beauty in France last month... Police where sitting with their hand-held speed gun and were tuck in just over the top of a hill. I was blowing by at over 200Km/hr, but I was mostly hidden from view in the outside lane passing a lorry as I blew by him... we saw each other for a fraction of a second, but there was no way he could get a clear shot on me... Pure dumb luck... I was down the hill and gone...

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Hi all, just a follow up question.

I'm nearly two months into my ban now and am back in France. I have private parking, so the car is safe, however is it ok to leave the car for two months more without running it, without the battery going flat? Or, should I get my friend to take me for a spin in it - he is insured. I know you can get these kind of trickle chargers but for two months is it really necessary. Or, should I just start the engine every couple of weeks and let it idle for 15 minutes?

I only ask because I had a battery go flat on me before, and the car is very difficult to deal with in that state, especially in an underground car park.

Thanks!

Sam

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You could dis-connect the battery and lock the car with a key.

Then in two months, you unlock the car and connect a charger to the cigaret lighter.

This will give you power so you could unlock the trunk and re-connect the

battery.

Paul

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running car for 15 minutes or having short trips is not going to keep your battery from going flat but then again being driven around st tropez by a girlfriend in a nice car would not hurt your battery either

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