Red light camera catches 1,058 offences in first month

The red light camera was installed on 23 July at the Place de l’Etoile intersection Photo: Shutterstock

The red light camera was installed on 23 July at the Place de l’Etoile intersection Photo: Shutterstock

The red light camera installed at Place de l’Etoile detected 582 cases of motorists running a red light in its first month, with another 476 drivers caught speeding.

The roadside camera became operational on 23 July following a four-month test phase which resulted in 10,000 detected offences. The transport ministry installed the device at the Place de l’Etoile intersection because of the risk of accidents with the tram.

In addition to catching drivers who run red lights, the camera snaps pictures of those who exceed the 50km/h speed limit, regardless of the colour of the traffic signal at the moment of the infraction.

“Each red light offence resulted in a 2 points loss from the motorist’s driving license. The 582 cases represent 1,164 driver’s license points lost,” said mobility minister François Bausch (déi Gréng) in an answer to a parliamentary question.

Each of the 476 cases of speeding led to a €49 fine while none of the offenders received the more severe €145 penalty. No cases of excessive speeding were recorded. The so-called “délit de grande vitesse”--driving more than 75km/h in a 50km/h zone--comes with a fine of between €500 to €10,000 and a prison sentence of between eight days and three years.

In 36 cases, drivers committed both a red light and a speeding offence at the same time.

The transport ministry plans to install the same type of cameras at the intersection of Route d’Esch and Boulevard Dr Charles Marx in Luxembourg-Hollerich, and at the intersection of the A4 access road and Boulevard Pierre Dupong, near Lycée Aline Mayrisch, also in Luxembourg-Hollerich.