On Monday, the sectional speed measurement system at the A1 motorway construction site was switched off. In two sections – from Tuszyn to Piotrków Trybunalski in the Łódź Voivodeship and from Kamieńsk to the Częstochowa bypass (Śląskie Voivodeship) – over 400,000 drivers were caught in 10 months when driving too fast.
The first sectional speed measurement in the country, launched at the construction site, was launched in January this year. About the plans for its launch we already informed at the beginning of December. At that time, we were shown around the construction site by its manager, Sylwester Wolankiewicz, and the spokesman of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways in Łódź, Maciej Zalewski. To show the extent of how drivers ignore the rules here, they had a speed test device with them – similar to those that the police are equipped with. Within several dozen minutes, they did not track any driver who would drive in accordance with the regulations – the first measurement showed 127 km / h – 57 more than allowed by the restriction.
10 months – over 400,000 tracked
The system installed on the section from Tuszyn to Piotrków Trybunalski was shut down in September. At the construction site from Kamieńsk to the Częstochowa bypass, the cameras worked until Monday (November 15). Monika Niżniak from the General Road Transport Inspectorate reports that at that time as many as 405,000 drivers who were exceeding the speed limit were tracked.
– Until now, almost 350,000 requests for payment have been sent – says Niżniak in an interview with tvn24.pl.
He adds that the drivers tracked at speeding were usually driving around 98 kilometers per hour (in the place where the system was operating, the limit is 70 kilometers per hour). The amount of the average mandate, in accordance with the applicable tariff, fluctuated from 100 to 200 zlotys.
A question of security
– We emphasize that the amount of fines is never a priority. The sectional speed measurement system is to improve safety and in this aspect it works very well – says a spokeswoman for the Chief Road Transport Inspectorate.
According to GITD data, the accident rate at the site of OPP operation is decreasing by 97 percent.
– We applied to the Silesian and Łódź provincial headquarters for data on the basis of which it could be estimated how the habits of drivers on the monitored sections have changed. They also confirm the positive influence of the devices on the road situation – emphasizes Niżniak.
In 2020, 38 people were injured in accidents on the Silesian section of the A1 under construction. From January to November this year, six people were injured. The total number of road incidents (including collisions) decreased in the same period from 282 to 140.
The system was dismantled, because at the present stage of works, the contractor’s safety is not as threatened as before. The cameras, according to the GDIT spokeswoman, will now go to another place in the country.
Tickets are falling on the A1 section under construction
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