We rented a car and drove around the Loire Valley last week mostly on D and N routes and on one or two occasions passed signs indicating speed cameras. On one occasion the speed limit dropped from 90 to 70 and my husband didn't slow down right away despite my "navigating/nagging". We returned the car to Hertz last Thursday and our credit card bill shows the expected amount, but I am sure that we will be getting a speeding fine so I am trying to figure out when we will know for sure. If there is a fine I am assuming that Hertz will be given the ticket (their plates) and will pay it on our behalf and then charge our credit card. I am hoping that if this happens that they will pay it quickly so we would have to pay the lowest amount.
We were so careful with our speed, driving below the limit in many cases so we could sightsee (we just followed another slow vehicle like a transport truck). We were also driving during the week so the roads were quieter. Unfortunately we found that the speeds changed abruptly in many cases for no obvious reason (I understand speeds dropping in towns but not on straight stretches in the countryside).
Hoping that we are lucky and if not hoping that we know soon so I can stop worrying. Renting a car gave us incredible freedom and we loved driving around (Versailles to Orleans to Tours to Chinon to Chartres to Versailles) but it was also very stressful (parking, insurance, tolls, speed cameras, one way streets).Edited: 12 July 2013, 15:40