Despite the corona epidemic that has kept many at home, more than 9,600 motorists were taken last week for driving too fast. This is stated by the National Police in a press release after a targeted effort throughout the country from 4 to 10 January.
“We have charged more than 9,600 for driving too fast in the past week. This is a very high number in light of how many Danes work at home and thus are not on the roads. The empty roads have simply made many Danes step harder on the accelerator, “says Christian Berthelsen, police assistant at the National Police Traffic Center, in the announcement.
In comparison, just over 10,000 were taken when the police one week in early October 2019 carried out a similar targeted effort with speed checks across the country. So it was before that coronavirus sent many on homework.
“So it is basically the same level, and at that time there were many more on the roads,” Christian Berthelsen told Ritzau.
Most drove too fast in the city
Police have also seen several cases of motorists driving too fast. Some are taken at more than 200 kilometers per hour.
‘Some of them have driven really much too fast. It’s something we need to get away from. We know that speed kills, “says Christian Berthelsen.
In last week’s checks, about 3,700 were taken to exceed the general speed limit in cities, 1,700 were taken to exceed the speed limit on highways, while 1,400 exceeded the general speed limit on country roads.
2,600 motorists drove too fast on stretches where there were signs at a reduced speed due to, for example, road work. The last 200 who drove too fast were trucks, buses and cars with trailers.
From 2013 to 2018, 403 people lost their lives in a traffic accident where they drove too fast. In more than half of all traffic accidents, too high a speed contributes to the accident occurring, says Christian Berthelsen.
»When you step on the accelerator a little too hard, you also have to use the longer piece of asphalt to react and get the vehicle braked on. That is why it is dangerous to drive too fast, “says the police assistant.
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