Risky viaducts to be fenced off

9th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Transport Minister Karla Peijs is to order the fencing off of motorway viaducts to prevent vandals pelting cars passing beneath with rocks and other objects. The areas judged to be the riskiest will be dealt with first, it was reported on Tuesday.

9 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Transport Minister Karla Peijs is to order the fencing off of motorway viaducts to prevent vandals pelting cars passing beneath with rocks and other objects. The areas judged to be the riskiest will be dealt with first, it was reported on Tuesday.

A ministry spokeswoman said the minister wants to first protect bridges and viaducts where large amounts of dangerous goods are transported.

Viaducts and bridges near nightclubs and other entertainment venues where alcohol is served are also considered to be high risk, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

The Department of Waterways and Public Works will has been told to draw up a list of bridges and viaducts in the heightened risk category. Once the assessment is completed, fences or roofs will be constructed to protect motorists.

But the ministry does not consider it possible to take safety measures at every viaduct or bridge. "There are a couple of thousands bridges and viaducts in the Netherlands," the spokeswoman said.

The project comes after a series of incidents involving stones being thrown from viaducts have been reported in recent months.

The spate of incidents started after a woman was killed near Rijswijk at the end of January when a paving stone smashed through her car windscreen. Four suspects have been arrested and they potentially face murder charges.
 
There are now regular reports in the Dutch media of other stone throwing incidents, raising concern that copycat crimes are being committed.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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