Many countries now use speed cameras to enforce speed limits. You might get through your holiday without ever encountering a police officer only to get a ticket or two in the mail a couple of months later. If it is a rental car, the rental car agency will most likely charge you a fee per occurrence for providing the local police with your contact information.
A couple months after we returned from Switzerland we received 2 speeding tickets in the mail. We also noticed two charges on our credit card from the car rental agency. When we inquired we found the charges were for providing our contact information to the police. We did pay both tickets in case we ever wanted to drive in Switzerland again. When we were recently in Iceland, the locals informed us the same thing will happen if we exceed the speed limit there.
Speed cameras are very common across Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, just to name a few countries. Depending on the country some will be marked, others will be visible but not marked, and some will be hidden. There are phone apps available that will alert you of camera locations. Sygic offers Speed Cameras & Traffic for iOS users and uses GPS. The downside is you must have Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE coverage to use the app.
The next time you are on a self drive overseas ask the locals, they are usually more than happy to inform you if cameras are used and what to expect if caught speeding.
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