Since 2020, radar devices have been successively replaced throughout Austria. The new devices are much more accurate; the tolerance is lower.
Throughout Austria, older radar units are being upgraded to new, more accurate equipment. As a result, drivers will face more fines.
Speeding is a massive problem in road traffic. In 2021 alone, there were 944 accidents with personal injuries in Upper Austria due to “inappropriate speed.”
Last year, new radar equipment was installed on the A1 in Asten near Linz.
And this is how the “super radar” works: A laser “flashes” inside the radar box. Two photos were taken (as before). One of the rear and the driver himself are essential for identifying the driver.
Also, legally, because in some countries, the vehicle owners do not have to provide information about who specifically drove the car too fast (e.g. in Germany). In addition, there are fewer errors in the recording.
67 outdated radar boxes were replaced with newer models throughout Austria as early as 2020. The new units also trigger more quickly. Specifically, the camera of the devices becomes active at a speed of three kilometres per hour; at over 100 kilometres per hour, there is still a three-percent measurement tolerance.
In addition, the new devices detect several cars simultaneously and measure in both directions. In addition, there is no longer a visible flash, so you are usually no longer “forewarned” that a penalty is in the offing.
Important information for drivers: Even if the devices are much more accurate, the authorities still decide on possible tolerance limits. The ÖAMTC, therefore, appeals to the rules not to “speed on an empty highway at 133” even with more accurate devices.
The effect that the installation of new radar devices can have is currently being demonstrated in Wels. A new machine was installed there in June, and 13,000 drivers were flashed in six months.
- source: heute.at/picture: asfinag.at
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