Close to 9,000 speeding tickets handed out during nationwide checks – The Post

Close to 9,000 speeding tickets handed out during nationwide checks

Danish police caught even more road offenders than usual thanks to speed cameras

Speeding is the main cause of traffic fatalities (photo: Nathan E Photography)
April 23rd, 2015 3:05 pm| by Lucie Rychla

Some 9,302 fines were handed out during last week’s nationwide police action against speeders, Jyllands-Posten reports.

During the week-long speed checks, Danish police used mostly automated roadside speed cameras, catching even more speeding motorists than usual.

Caught by speed cameras
Of the 9,302 motorists fined, 7,911 were captured by cameras, while the rest were stopped by police patrols.

Most of the fines, 8,968, related to speeding, of which 1,351 speeders got a clip on their licence and 298 had their licences revoked for excessive speeding.

Main cause of traffic fatalities
The aim of the week was to reduce speeding, which is the main cause of road accidents involving serious injury or death.

In 2013, fast driving caused half of all fatal accidents.

Slow down a bit
Along with the police speed checks, 81 municipalities are runing a road safety campaign ‘Sænk farten – en lille smule’ (slow down – a little bit) to remind drivers to keep a check on their speed.

The campaign signs can be seen along the roads until May 3.

In February, Danish police increased the number of speed camera carts placed along the roads from 25 to 100 in a bid to decrease traffic fatalities and injuries.