Car parked in double file or on a bike path, crossing a red traffic light... The mayor (LR) of Illkirch-Graffenstaden, on the outskirts of Strasbourg, does not hesitate to wear his cap of judicial police officer (OPJ) that authorizes him by legislation but that few elected officials put into practice. According to Article 16 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article L.2122-31 of the General Code of Local Authorities, "mayors and deputy mayors have the status of judicial police officer within the jurisdiction of the territory of their municipality".
Thibaud Philipps took the plunge when he was elected mayor, in 2020, of this city of Bas-Rhin populated by 27,000 inhabitants. "When you are mayor, you have a certain number of powers, including that of ensuring public order and the security of your fellow citizens on your territory, insists the edile. We receive requests from residents who complain of traffic violations, such as annoying or dangerous parking...
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