The average speed camera installed on the N11 between Waldhaff and Gonderange. / © Domingos Oliveira/RTL Luxembourg
Our colleagues at RTL 5minutes shed light on the specifics regarding average speed cameras in Luxembourg.
The first average speed camera has already been installed between Waldhaff and Gonderange. This new type of speed camera raised many questions. How do these cameras work? Will there be more of them? Are they going to be placed in tunnels? Will there be a margin of error like it's the case with standard speed cameras?
The president of Luxembourg's road safety agency, Paul Hammelmann, accepted to talk our colleagues from 5minutes and answer all of these questions in an interview (video in French below).
First of all, no need to worry yet. The first average speed camera will only be operational in 2020.
Eliminating the feeling of injustice
According to Hammelmann, the average speed cameras will eliminate the feeling of injustice that previously plagued many road users. It will no longer be possible to argue that the speed camera caught you in that exceptional moment when you speeding.
Hammelmann also explains that the first average speed camera was installed in a location that has been prone to serious accidents in the past. In fact, there have been tragic accidents on the road between Waldhaff and Gonderange.
Luxembourg, Hammelmann reminds us, was the last of our neighbouring countries to introduce automatic speed cameras, which, in other countries, have long proven to bring positive results.
Average speed cameras in tunnels?
According to Hammelmann, Minister of Mobility Francois Bausch mentioned several tunnels where the limitation of 90 km/h is rarely respected by drivers. "I can imagine that he [Minister Bausch] will install average speed cameras in these tunnels," Hammelmann explains.
On a side note, the margin of error will also be the same as with conventional speed cameras.
Video and interview in French: