Dutch fleet of unmarked police vehicles tackles drivers on the phone

Published Mon, 27/02/2017 - 16:24

Last week the Dutch police issued 248 fines in the course of 3 days of unobtrusive traffic checks on the A7 motorway at the junction by Joure near Groningen.

As many as 214 of these drivers, including 65 truck drivers, were fined for using their mobile phone at the wheel.

The checks were held from Monday to Wednesday. Two fatal accidents took place on this stretch of road at the end of last year. Distraction driving is a major cause of accidents, the police say. This has been the focus of a recent crackdown. Drivers are regularly fined for using their phones at the wheel.

The police used an unmarked camper van to carry out the checks. That gave the officers a better overview of what was going on in vehicles. Several – unmarked – police cars drove along behind the camper van and pulled over those drivers who had committed a traffic offence.

In addition to the drivers fined for mobile phone use, eleven drivers were caught driving more than 30 km over the speed limit. There were also truck drivers who overtook where this was not permitted, and drivers who overtook on the inside, or drove on the hard shoulder. One driver drove at 199 km per hour on the A6 (speed limit 130 km per hour); he also speeded on the A7 and overtook on the inside on two occasions. He was made to surrender his driving licence.

“Taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds is extremely dangerous, not only for yourself, but also for other road users”, the police point out.