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103 fines for drivers filming lorry crash in south-east France

Drivers created a 30-kilometre-long tailback when they slowed to capture the scene

103 drivers were fined on the A7 motorway this week for having slowed down to film a lorry crash on the other side of the road Pic: Brian A Jackson / Shutterstock

Some 103 drivers have been fined by the gendarmerie for having slowed down on the A7 motorway in south-east France to film a lorry which had caught fire after colliding with another HGV. 

The crash took place on Wednesday (July 13) around Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux in Drôme (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes). This brought traffic to a standstill on the lorry’s side of the road, but also in the other direction, as dozens of drivers slowed down to capture the scene. 

This created a 30-kilometre-long tailback of holidaymakers heading for the Côte d’Azur. 

“People were slowing down deliberately to be able to film. Some drivers nearly went into the back of [the vehicle in front],” a local gendarme told France Bleu

“We must remind you that while you drive, you look at the road [ahead].”

It was this morbid curiosity that led the gendarmerie to hand out 103 fines over the course of the afternoon for Code de la route breaches, a number which it described as “unbelievable”.

Using your phone while driving can result in a €135 fine and three points being removed from your licence.

Around 70 firefighters worked for five hours to clear the road and get traffic moving again on the northbound carriageway. 

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