Reminder for all drivers in France

As of tomorrow, July 1, it will be law to have a bright yellow vest and red triangle in your car at all times to use in case of emergencies. And remember to NOT keep the yellow vest in your trunk because you need to put it on before getting out of the car. The police are going to be doing random checks, and you will have to pay a 135 € fine (though this will not take effect until October 1) if you don’t have both the vest and triangle!

Canaille wanted to be in the picture with the vest… This is “one size fits all – XL” which doesn’t make much sense to me.

This little plastic triangle will magically stop other cars from running into yours on the side of the highway.

Edit: Updated info about fines on July 1, according to this article.

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  • http://expatraveler.blogspot.com/ expatraveler

    I love the sarcasm – magically stop cars. I guess this is good for night time, but I’m a skeptic on how much it could help.

    Today I heard about a team who was biking for a cure for diabetes. The policeman inferred it was their fault and not the young driver of the car who hit them as they did not acquire a permit to drive on the roads of Manitoba.. Two of four of the bikers died. Sick and twisted!!! Not the drivers fault for killing them?

    And yet another story of crazy north americans..

  • http://expatraveler.blogspot.com/ expatraveler

    I love the sarcasm – magically stop cars. I guess this is good for night time, but I’m a skeptic on how much it could help.

    Today I heard about a team who was biking for a cure for diabetes. The policeman inferred it was their fault and not the young driver of the car who hit them as they did not acquire a permit to drive on the roads of Manitoba.. Two of four of the bikers died. Sick and twisted!!! Not the drivers fault for killing them?

    And yet another story of crazy north americans..

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    I didn’t know that, but I won’t drive in France, so I guess it’s okay ;-)

    Not sure if it will help lower the amazingly high accident rate in France… I feel safer driving in Canada.

    Why do you think French have such an high rate of accidents like that? Just curious…

    I don’t know how it is now but it was bad when I left France.

    Zhus last blog post..Blogging Etiquette (10/10)

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    I didn’t know that, but I won’t drive in France, so I guess it’s okay ;-)

    Not sure if it will help lower the amazingly high accident rate in France… I feel safer driving in Canada.

    Why do you think French have such an high rate of accidents like that? Just curious…

    I don’t know how it is now but it was bad when I left France.

    Zhus last blog post..Blogging Etiquette (10/10)

  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com/ Andromeda

    I thought it was extended to October 1 because all the stores sold out so quick, there wasn’t time for everyone to get them. Or is that when the fine goes up? Well, either way, good job getting one and being a responsible citizen! Yet another rule I’ll need to learn if I ever want to drive (legally) here, sigh.

  • http://blondeinfrance.blogspot.com/ Andromeda

    I thought it was extended to October 1 because all the stores sold out so quick, there wasn’t time for everyone to get them. Or is that when the fine goes up? Well, either way, good job getting one and being a responsible citizen! Yet another rule I’ll need to learn if I ever want to drive (legally) here, sigh.

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I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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