ZAGREB, December 28, 2018 – The Ministry of the Interior and a group of local companies on Friday signed a 53 million kuna framework agreement for the purchase of roadside police speedometers, under which the number of these devices will increase threefold over the next three years.
Currently 26 fixed-position speed cameras are used, and under the agreement an additional 75 cameras of this type will be obtained.
Furthermore, police will be provided with 50 stationary radars plus 100 handheld laser speed guns.
The agreement specifies the amount of newly installed devices for each of the next three years. These devices will also be used to detect other traffic offences such as the use of mobile phones or failure to buckle up while driving, apart from measuring the speed of moving vehicles.
These technical improvements will lead to an integrated system of detection of traffic offences and fining of offenders, according to Minister Davor Božinović who today signed the agreement with the executives of the companies. “This is a great headway,” he said, underscoring that the purpose of the purchase of speed control devices is to increase traffic safety.
Božinović said that so far this year the death toll on the country’s roads had reached 313, with over 30,000 traffic accidents registered in the first 11 months of the year.
Over the last weekend before Christmas, about 3,700 traffic accidents were reported, and two persons were killed. As many as 12 percent of drivers caught driving under the influence and 35 percent of those booked for speeding were repeat offenders, the minister warned.
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