I was chatting to a retired gendarme the other day in the bar, and asking the usual inevitable questions about speed traps and the subsequent fines, etc.
I told him that in the UK, they were viewed as an easy way of raising money for the government.
Not so here it turns out, speed fines, etc are put into a separate pot and are used only for improvements in safety.
The communes (Mairies) can apply to this pot to improve the safety in the town by building such things as roundabouts and pavements.
Asking around a bit I found out that this was exactly how three lots of major works were financed here in Reminiac.
Cuts down the pain of the fine a little bit !!!