By David Millward
(Filed: 20/12/2004)

Britons are being hit with heavy fines by French police after being caught with speed trap detectors in their cars.

One driver to fall foul of the draconian traffic laws across the channel was 63-year-old Ian Kennard when he and his passenger, Mike Hutchin were stopped approaching a highway toll near Dijon earlier this month

The police noticed an old radar detector, which was not in use, on the dashboard. Mr Kennard's entreaties that it was a gift from his son and that it had never worked at least persuaded the police to halve the on-the-spot fine from 1,500 euros (1,027) to 750 euros (513).