Netherlands: police officers use buses and coaches to detect distracted drivers

Published Wed, 10/07/2019 - 12:00

In the Netherlands, much attention is paid to distraction in traffic through the use of a mobile phone. In order to take enforcement action, regular checks have recently been carried out using a coach, truck or motorhome to be able to properly observe the violations.

On June 19 and 20, during a major traffic check on the motorways in the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel, the traffic police handed out more than 500 fines. The police used the "bus" during the check.

The check took place on the A1, A28 and A50. Undercover agents in a coach discovered the violations, after which unobtrusive units gave the drivers a stop sign and issued the ticket. In the coach, agents also have a good view of the cabs of trucks.

The police issued a total of 531 fines, of which 290 for holding a telephone. The remaining 241 coupons were handed out for offenses such as sticking, speed, ignoring the solid line and overtaking on the right.

An official report was also drawn up for Article 5 of the Road Traffic Act (causing danger) and a driver's license was collected. This driver drove 58 km / h too fast. Another motorist was reported to the CBR because of a series of violations.

In addition, a positive saliva test and blood test was also taken from a motorist. This driver was driving under the influence of drugs. The exact result of the blood test will be announced at a later date.

Hundreds of fines have already been issued during previous checks with the "bus" in the east of the Netherlands.

Fine amount
Holding onto a telephone, and then it doesn't matter what is done with it, is a fine of 230 euros, excluding 9 euros in administration costs.