Police Enforcement and Driving Speed

SWOV Fact Sheet


Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV)


Although speed plays a large part in the occurrence of crashes, drivers often exceed the speed limit. The police use various methods when carrying out their speed surveillance. In the Netherlands positive effects of speed surveillance with radar cars (without stopping) have been found. It is to be expected that average speed checks over longer distances are more credible than controls at fixed locations, because a fine for a longer lasting offence is often seen as more just than a fine for a brief one. By introducing dynamic speed limits, a better relation between credible speed limits and road layout, and a good information provision for road users, the number of speeding offences can be (further) reduced.

Filed in: Enforcement, Crashes and Safety

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