Road works are planned on the A12 near the Utrecht Galecopperbrug until 2024. The maximum speed on this route has therefore been adjusted. This also means that road users can be fined if they do not slow down in time for the road works. New in this traffic situation is that there is section control, whereby the adjusted maximum speed is in effect.
Check 24 hours a day
When there are road works, the speed limit is always reduced. This is to ensure the safety of road workers. In such cases, whether road users adhere to this is usually checked with speed cameras or movable speed cameras. On the A12, however, this will be done via section control. That means checking twenty-four hours a day whether traffic is slowing down for road works. This speed check is necessary, because in many cases road users do not reduce their speed for work. Driving too fast poses a great risk to themselves, but especially to road workers.
Installing section checks at road works is generally too expensive. However, the special situation on the A12 was that the route where the work is planned happens to be the same as the measuring route of the section control that is already in operation.
The Public Prosecution Service has indicated that violation of the speed limit during road works will be fined higher than for normal speed violations. For example: speeding twenty kilometers if a speed limit of 70 kilometers per hour applies, normally costs 146 euros. For road works, this fine rises to 187 euros.
Work until 2024
The road works on the Galecopper Bridge are planned to last until the spring of 2024. During this work there will be fewer or narrowed lanes on and around the Galecopper Bridge. L a ter this year it will even be possible to close the bridge completely. The speed limit will therefore also be in force until the beginning of 2024.