The police will be present “on the motorway service areas, at the toll booth and on the departmental roads,” said Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the prefects of the coastal departments will take orders prohibiting rentals, announced Friday April 3 on franceinfo Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, while spring holidays begin this weekend and containment is still in effect to stop the coronavirus epidemic.
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She expects to see people arriving in the region taking advantage of the period to go on vacation. “The prefects of the interior departments, depending on the tourist municipalities, can also take these orders”, prohibiting rentals, specifies Fabienne Buccio. In his region, rentals will be prohibited “on the seaside towns”, hammered the prefect.
The prefectures of Morbihan and Ille-et-Vilaine also prohibit tourist rentals until April 15, reports Friday France Bleu Breizh Izel. The prefects therefore decided to ban “until April 15 the rental, for tourist purposes, of hotel rooms as well as tourist accommodation or any other accommodation intended for seasonal rental”. The prefectures announce that the controls will multiply, on the roads and in the stations of the Brittany region.
In New Aquitaine, road controls will also be reinforced. They will take place “the whole weekend”, underlines the regional prefect. The police will be present “on motorway service areas, at toll booths and on regional roads”. They expect certain motorists “can be players” leaving the highway to take a departmental road. “The police are on the departmental roads which are on their way to vacation”, warns Fabienne Buccio. The police will also deploy all the means at their disposal “in particular helicopters, as is traditional for monitoring road traffic”, depending on the situation.
The prefect warns of the sanctions that motorists risk who do not have valid proof to be on the roads. It’s 135 euros or more “according to the behavior of the person, or if there is a recurrence”. And if several people are in the vehicle, they will all be penalized: “When there are five of us in a car, it is because there are five people who have committed an offense, they can be fined all five.”
The prefect of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region recognizes that the health crisis will have economic consequences for his region. But it recalls the “dramatic situation” current: “Our economy is encountering difficulties. But we have a national interest which is superior to everything, it is the health of our fellow citizens. Some die and caregivers risk their lives to save them.” Fabienne Buccio calls not to “mistaking priorities. The economy is important. The economy must continue to function. But no, people must not go on vacation. The greatest danger for our fellow citizens is to spread the virus for themselves and for others “.