Speeders beware! From 1 February 2016, fixed speed cameras have been operational - as a trial phase. The first 10 terminals have been activated. They will be complemented by six mobile cameras that can be used on the entire road network. However, being flashed remains without consequences for the moment: the 'hot' phase will begin on 16 March 2016.
For more road safety
According to the organisation Sécurité routiére a.s.b.l. (Road Safety), 48% of deadly accidents in 2014 were linked to speeding, by far the most common cause of fatalities on Luxembourg's roads. And unfortunately, the places where these accidents happen remain the same. That's why the government had decided to install fixed speed cameras at dangerous spots or at spots where the road traffic police takes finds that speed limits are often exceeded.
These cameras can flash in both directions, also allowing the identification of motorcycles whose licence plate is fixed on the rear. Similarly, pictures taken by the cameras will find other violations of the Highway Code, such as using a mobile phone while driving or not wearing seatbelts.
20 fixed and 6 mobile speed cameras
20 points were selected from a list of 105, and 10 positions were chosen to serve in a test phase, among others a post on the N11 between Gonderange and Waldhof, where an accident with three deaths occurred in 2015.
For now, being flashed by the terminals does not cause further sanctions. On each of the ten sites, the tests will be carried out with a visible red flash. Removable banners stating 'test en cours' (test in progress) will signal the presence of a speed camera during the test day, a hundred metres before the respective sites. Pictures taken on this occasion will be deleted 48 hours after taking them, at the latest.
However, from 16 March the terminals will be operational and connected to a network that enables the automatic sending of fines or the drafting of a written report. And do not forget that such offenses also cost you points!
On 16 March, the start date of the repressive phase of speed cameras, also marks the beginning of an automatic cross-border exchange of information on some offenses. From then on, a driver who has been flashed in Luxembourg by a speed camera will be prosecuted in their country of origin by the competent authorities. The same naturally also applies to Luxembourgers who do not respect the rules in neighboring countries.
(Source: press release from the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure; editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)