300 viaducts targeted in safety project
25 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Surveillance cameras, nets and fences will be placed at 300 viaducts to prevent stones and other objects being thrown at passing vehicles, Transport Minister Karla Peijs said on Thursday.
25 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Surveillance cameras, nets and fences will be placed at 300 viaducts to prevent stones and other objects being thrown at passing vehicles, Transport Minister Karla Peijs said on Thursday.
A recent investigation by the Department of Waterways and Public Works has identified the viaducts as areas of heightened risk. The viaducts are primarily located around the four largest cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
Minister Peijs told MPs that surveillance cameras will be positioned at some of the viaducts. Any suspicious behaviour will be relayed through to a monitoring centre, news service NOS reported.
Fences or net will also be placed at viaducts to improve traffic safety, while street lighting will be installed at viaducts that are not presently lit. Road signs will remind motorists to call a special information line (0800-8002) if foreign objects are found on the road or seen being thrown from viaducts.
Peijs also said construction firms that leave loose objects in the vicinity of viaducts will be fined.
The measures will cost EUR 30 million and provide greater security at 300 of the Netherlands' 995 viaducts. Those targeted are in the four largest cities, viaducts over roads where dangerous substances are transported and several bridges over water, such as the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal.
The country was shocked in January when a 30-year-old woman was killed on the A4 motorway at Rijswijk after a stone thrown from a viaduct smashed through her windscreen. Four suspects have been arrested and are facing murder charges.
In the weeks that followed, a series of stone-throwing incidents sparked public and media alarm. Concerns were also raised that the resulting publicity would only encourage repeat incidents, but police and prosecution officials dismissed the claims.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news