Mobile average speed check on E313 highway
A mobile average speed check is installed on the E313 highway during the road construction works between Beringen and Lummen (Belgium). The first was installed in Willebroek (A12) end of last year. In March Minister of Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), annoucned he was going to place a 350.000 euro order to buy mobile average speed check systems.
30% less accidents
The movable systems will be used temporary on specific locations like road works in progress. The first average speed check of this kind already appeared in December on the A12 in Willebroek. Later a similar check was installed on the E34 in Turnhout.
Studies show the number of accidents decreases with up to 30%, especially serious accidents where the average speed check is used. Minister Weyts counts on battery-driven systems that can be deployed everywhere. The system costs 67.000 euro, but building up and moving costs 40.000 euro each time.
“On the narrowed lanes a 70 kph speed limit applies, but drivers neglect it”, says Sep Vandijck, spokesperson for the Flemish road and traffic agency Wegen en Verkeer Limbourg. “That is why we decided to install an average speed check, for the safety of road users and road constructors. On two other locations where the system was used, speeding went down with 78%.
The average speed check will be announced with traffic signs. “Everybody will know he or she will be checked, in both directions.”