Luxembourg in 2016 first introduced fixed speed cameras but has since been upgrading its network to include average speed radars, which prevent drivers from simply slowing down ahead of the camera and then speeding up again by measuring velocity over a set distance.
Such devices from Wednesday will become operational in the Stafelter, Grouft and Gousselerbierg tunnels on the A7 motorway. A test phase that began in December during which drivers weren’t fined will thereby come to an end.
A spokesperson told Delano by email that the ministry doesn’t have data on how many people were caught speeding during the test phase.
The maximum speed during the tunnels is 90km/h, although the cameras adjust automatically should this be lowered, for example because of roadworks, high traffic or an accident.
“An accident in a tunnel caused by high speed risks having serious consequences,” the transport ministry said in a statement.
The first average speed radar in a tunnel was installed in 2021 in the Markusberg tunnel on the A13 motorway, catching on average 208 speeding drivers a day in its first months. Another average speed radar is operational on the N11 between Waldhaff and Gonderange.
In an effort to curb speeding and traffic offences, authorities have also installed red light cameras in Place de l’Etoile and near the intersection of Route d’Esch and Rue de Hollerich.
In 2021, the latest data available, out of 916 accidents in which persons were harmed, 21 were fatal, killing 24 people. Another 267 people were seriously injured compared to 975 people suffering light injuries. The number of accidents does not include minor incidents or fender benders.
Speeding was the most common cause of fatal (43%) and serious (20%) accidents, followed by drunk driving.