Among the big news for 2024, and this has been valid since January 1, small speeding violations (less than 5 km/h) no longer result in a point being withdrawn from the driving license. All is not rosy however, the fixed fine of an amount ranging from €68 to €135 per violation is still on the agenda as far as it is concerned. The State will not have lingered: between the announcement of Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and the application of this new rule, barely 3 months will have passed.
On another subject linked to this same theme, the government took its time more, it concerns the concept of road homicide mentioned with great fanfare this summer during an interministerial committee on road safety chaired by the ex-Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and also hosted by the Minister of Justice Eric Dupont-Moretti and Gérald Darmanin (him again) in response in particular to the Palmade affair which caused a lot of ink to flow. We were surprised not to see the announcements being followed by actions. However, it turns out that the subject is about to be debated in Parliament.
What the bill contains
Two rapporteurs were appointed on January 10 to take up the subject: Eric Pauget, deputy for Les Républicains des Alpes-Maritimes, and Anne Brugnera, deputy for Renaissance in the 4th constituency of Rhône. A bill was quickly tabled. It will be studied next Monday, January 29, in a public session in Parliament.
It only has two articles in all. Objective of this text: to ensure – without modifying the main penalties incurred by the perpetrators of voluntary and involuntary homicides, old qualifications used – that the most dangerous behaviors are more severely punished by the magistrates in the hope that “the new regime of “the offense created, which now differentiates itself from homicides and involuntary injuries falling within the purely accidental field” does not “leave” the magistrates indifferent. And they do not hesitate to pronounce the heaviest sentences knowing that this can up to ten years’ imprisonment and a fine of 150,000 euros.
To be more precise, it is planned to modify the Penal Code so that three new offenses are included: “road homicide”, “road injuries resulting in an ITT of more than three months (ITT for “temporary interruption of work”, editor’s note )” and “road injuries an ITT less than or equal to three months”. In the absence of aggravating circumstances (carrying a cell phone or using headphones), nothing changes, the terms of involuntary or voluntary homicide would be maintained. If there is an aggravating circumstance, in this case, the objective is to immediately retain the terms of road homicide or road injuries.
Many steps must be taken before the text is adopted. However, given the scale of the Palmade affair last year, it is possible that the bill will be favorably received in both the National Assembly and the Senate.
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To sum up
As much as the State has let go of minor speeding violations, it is still expected that dangerous behavior will be punished more severely.
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