Do you drive “on the bumper” and blink “prods”? We have bad news
Drive up close: it is best for the driver who is “swaying” in front of us (with only 140 km / h on the meter) to quickly understand that he is to immediately enter the right lane. To be sure, you can also blink long lights (commonly called drovers) and use the horn … Driving “on the bumper” is a sad reality on Polish highways and expressways. Since June, there is a law to combat this phenomenon. And the police were given a “weapon” for this fight.
Irek says he is one of those who “can drive on highways”. He’s pissed off – he admits – by the drivers sneaking in the left lane. It is based on the assumption that if someone cannot drive fast, he should not choose the left lane, because “dangerous situations then get”.
I talk to Irek in a bay next to the toll collection point on the A2 motorway in Gołuski near Poznań. My interlocutor has just got a ticket for driving “on a bumper”, that is, without keeping the legally required distance between the vehicle in front of him.
Irek says that this is the first time he has seen such an action by the police. When I explain to him that since June there are regulations regarding the distance between cars, he shakes his head in disbelief.
– You can’t go any closer to another car than half your speed in meters. If you’re going 140 an hour, the distance must be at least 70 meters. As at 110 per hour, it is possible to drive 55 meters behind another car. And so on – I tell.
– Okay, okay. Man learns all his life – the driver smiles. He added, however, that he did not notice the problem with driving “on the bumper”. And he drives a lot.
– Maybe because you are driving on other people’s bumpers? – I’m asking. In response, I hear the man shrugging his shoulders laughing.
Laser at drivers
Irek got a ticket, because a few kilometers from the place where we are talking, he was tracked by staff sergeant Agnieszka Woźniak from the Poznań city headquarters. The sergeant is proud to display a device that looks confusingly like a so-called dryer, which is used by policemen to control the speed.
– It looks like an ordinary dryer, but it is the latest TruCAM LTI 20/20 laser that measures the distance between vehicles – says the policewoman.
We are talking on the viaduct over the A2 motorway. Hence, the officer locates the next “algae eaters”, as drivers driving right behind the rear window of another car are commonly called. Agnieszka Woźniak stands at the railing and starts the device. After a while, he makes small but very quick movements with his hand.
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