More Traffic Fines in Residential Areas

9th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 February 2007, AMSTERDAM — The police are managing to better monitor speeding in residential areas with a speed limit of 30 km. Last year they issued 27,000 speeding tickets within such areas.

9 February 2007

AMSTERDAM — The police are managing to better monitor speeding in residential areas with a speed limit of 30 km. Last year they issued 27,000 speeding tickets within such areas.

That is just the beginning, the police say. The goal is to make streets in the residential areas safe for bikers, pedestrians and playing children again.

The police were being criticised for the growing number of deaths in traffic accidents, which rose from 360 in 2004 to 401 in 2005. More recent statistics are not available.

The first additional steps to penalise drivers speeding in residential areas were introduced last year, after test results had shown that an average driver passes a residential area at 55-60 km/hour.

Besides stricter speed control, extra speed bumps and bicycle lanes are needed, the police said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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