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More than 700 motorists were fined on the motorways of East Brabant last week because they used their smartphone while driving. Following the example of earlier control weeks, the police checked again from a coach.
Police officers are high in a coach, which means they can look into cars and also check truck drivers. The bus was followed by their colleagues in inconspicuous cars. If the officers on the bus saw a driver with his or her smartphone behind the wheel, they reported this. That person was then stopped and fined; 739 times in five days.
Results from a pan-European speed control operation in August show that more than 440,000 drivers were detected for breaking speed limits. A total of 17 countries took part in the operation, which was co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL).
Of the final total of 440,414 detections, 149,219 were made directly by police officers and 299,392 came from automatic technical means.
Compared with the same period in 2018,m the infringement rate has declined a little from 19.9% to18.7%.