A total 2,300 driving offences were recorded in 2,800 checks carried out as in Luxembourg part of the “Gitt siichtbar” (be seen) road safety campaign during winter 2017.
The figure was published by the government on Wednesday along with an announcement that it plans to audit all pedestrian crossings and reinforce safety at those which leave pedestrians most vulnerable. The “Gitt siichtbar” campaign will, meanwhile, continue with 45 road signs to be installed from the end of January.
Meanwhile, reflective arm bands will again be distributed on 27 January between 10am and 1pm at place Guillaume II in Luxembourg City.
The government explained that over the past five years, 65% of vehicle-pedestrian collisions occurred in the dark. But, he said speed was always an aggravating factor.
“Even if the driver complies with the regulated speed limit of 50 km/h in built-up areas, this speed is often not adapted to the circumstances: darkness, rain, glare, wet and slippery road surface,” the government said.
To combat this issue, 30 km/h zones in built-up areas have been introduced in 73 communes and a further 9 are being considered.
2017 ended with two fatal collisions between vehicles and pedestrians and the tragic trend appears to continue into 2018.