Thursday, April 19, 2007

French town launches campaign to remind British tourists to drive on the right

FLERS, France (AP) - Police in a small town in Normandy are trying to educate British tourists and expatriates about which side of the road they should drive on.

The town of Flers' is decked with English-language posters that read: "For your safety, keep right on French roads." The posters appear in restaurants, hotels and campgrounds.

Police also printed 3,000 stickers so British families who live in town can put the message on their car dashboards.

Thousands of British families and retirees have moved to this area of northern France, within easy driving distance of ferries that head to Britain.

There, motorists drive on the left.

"In this region, highly valued by the British, there have been, in less than two years, two deadly accidents caused by English drivers driving on the left," said Lt. Eric Turmet of the local police. "We had to act to avoid further tragedies."

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