The city of Nîmes starts video reporting

553 video surveillance cameras in Nîmes, which places the city in third place on the podium behind Nice and Marseille. Some of these cameras (150) will now also be used to verbalize motorists or two-wheeler drivers who commit offences. From the screens installed at the municipal police command post, sworn agents will be able to “zoom in” on the vehicle’s license plate, take a photo, enter the date, time and location of the offense and send this information to the National Processing Center in Rennes, which will send the ticket by post. The photos are kept for one year, the duration of legal recourse.

A dozen verbalizable offenses

The purpose of video verbalization explains Deputy Security Officer Richard Schieven, it is to fight against the daily offenses that poison the lives of the people of Nîmes”. “It concerns all awkward or very awkward parking spaces details Olivier Turel, the director of the municipal police. This ranges from parking on sidewalks that prevent strollers from passing, parking on pedestrian crossings or handicapped spaces. It also concerns traffic, such as traffic on bus lanes, refusal of priority, crossing red lights, people driving without a helmet, without a seat belt or who are on the phone while driving. We can also video-verbalize motorists who, for example, throw waste out of the window.“Infringements which can range from 35 to 135 euros in fines, or even a withdrawal of four points when you run a red light. Regarding deliveries, the town hall specifies that there will always be a tolerance as is already the case. case in the morning in the Ecusson.

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A well-defined scope

This video verbalization will mainly take place in the city center. On a well-defined perimeter validated by the Prefecture:

  • Boulevard Gambetta
  • Quai de la Fontaine south
  • Place Aristide Briand
  • Marshal Foch Square
  • Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
  • Avenue Georges Pompidou
  • Verdun Street
  • Place Severine
  • Avenue Jean Jaures
  • Square of the Martyrs of the Resistance
  • Sergeant Triaire Boulevard
  • Boulevard Natoire,
  • General Leclerc Avenue
  • Boulevard Talabot
  • Rue Pierre Semard;
  • Rue Sully
  • Rue Vincent Faïta
  • Boulevard Etienne Saintenac

Video verbalization will be effective seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. It may be used in the evening or at night on the request of the Public Prosecutor. The mayor may, however, target control areas within this perimeter, if there are particular problems. “This video verbalizationassures the Deputy Delegate for Security, will also allow refocus municipal police officers on their priority missions security and assistance to users.“In 2021, 27,000 tickets were issued by the municipal police in Nîmes.