French Polynesia to toughen up road code

French Polynesia is set to tighten the road code to improve safety and proposes to increase penalties for offenders.

The government said it was about to table a law in the assembly which would also align it to French security moves against attacks by individuals using a vehicle.

The law in Tahiti wanted to mainly target drivers who failed to stop at check points and those caught driving while disqualified.

The tightening will see fines increase to up to $US5000 and entail jail terms of up to two years.

This also applies to anyone attempting to procure a licence illegally.

Most drivers losing their licence in French Polynesia get disqualified because of drink-driving.


Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel