Pay up or go for a spin

Motorists caught driving without their safety belt in the eastern French town of Nancy are given a choice: pay a 150-franc (pounds 18) fine or go for a spin, Reuter reports from Paris. Police place those who refuse to pay in a car turning over and over to show them what it would be like to be in an accident - with the belt on.

Some offenders are scared and pay up. Most prefer the simulated accident, but admit after the dizzying experience that wearing the belt is safer. The choice lasts only this week. Next week it will be a fine for all.

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