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Traffic police plan huge blitz for speeders

The Local · 23 Oct 2012, 07:44

Published: 23 Oct 2012 07:44 GMT+02:00

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The 24-hour crackdown will start at 6 am Wednesday, with speed checks set up at 4,000 sites, the interior ministers of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony announced at a press conference in Münster on Monday.

“Speeding doesn’t stop at state borders,” said Ralf Jäger, interior minister for North Rhine-Westphalia and a Social Democrat (SPD). “Travelling at high speeds is the killer number one everywhere.”

The interior ministers and Dutch officials said the offensive was to combat the sharp rise in the number of traffic deaths seen last year, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) reported on Monday.

Dutch traffic police chief Fokko Klok praised the collaboration, saying it would lead to fewer deaths, NDR reported. Drivers have been under stricter surveillance in the Netherlands since September, when the top speed limit was raised from 120 to 130 kilometres per hour.

In Lower Saxony, the number of traffic deaths rose from 479 in 2010, to 540 last year, the broadcaster reported.

More than a million drivers were checked during two so-called “Blitz Marathons” this year in North Rhine-Westphalia. The operation caught 39,000 speeders - even though the control points were announced in advance.

State officials credit the campaigns with the decrease in traffic deaths over the first nine months of 2012. The number of traffic deaths decreased by 15.4 percent over the year before during that timeframe NDR reported.

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09:18 October 23, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Problem is, speeding is an every day occurrence not just a twice a year PR stunt. And it helps if the police use different locations and not the same ones, time and time and time and time again. Wednesday in my town I know exactly where the traps will be so it rather defeats the object of the exercise. Also it is a showcase for just how lazy the police are. Forced out onto the streets twice a years but policing the streets when it is really required never happens. Again in my home town the main ring road that goes through the (and has houses on both sides) town on a Friday and Saturday night is a race track of howling engines, F1 gear changes and wheel spin marks. Where are the police......................500 meters away in the Rreispolizei Haus.............probably on an extended coffee break.....!
12:46 October 23, 2012 by pepsionice
If anyone has ever been to Leiden, Netherlands....you'd notice on your GPS this huge significant number of blitz cameras. There must be 300 of them around the entire town....all permanently mounted. You have to set your speed lower than the post limited to avoid any possible fine.
13:16 October 23, 2012 by rugbycoach
In Uk the speed cameras are everywhere, even average speed cameras control some stretches of motorway/highway. It is another tax as it is now at a point where it actually sometimes causes accidents with drivers slowing down very quickly. Deaths in germany are due to the higher overall average speed allowed on Asutobahn, not the amount of accidents which is less per mile/Km than in some other European countries. Netherlands invented the Speed camera so you coant complain about them having so many. Modern Sat nav can indicate the spped trap but in germany they use far more mobile ones which are the obvious solution as fixed ones are well known and can be avoided.
17:17 October 23, 2012 by marimay
Stupid cameras. I sure do not miss those. Got a ticket in the mail once for following too closely. We were in stop and go traffic. Quite sure everyone got a ticket that day. No one was the required 50 meters distance apart, LOL.
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