In an effort to reduce road accidents, an average speed camera in the Markusberg tunnel on the Saarland motorway (A13) will go into operation on 1 December 2021.
Most serious or fatal accidents are caused by speeding. The implications are all the more dramatic in a tunnel that is narrower than a normal road. If there is an incident, drivers who come up on the accident zone from behind have less room to manoeuvre. Emergency services may also have difficulty gaining access, especially in the event of a fire with the need to activate a rescue plan.
This is why the government has decided to introduce an automated control system in the Markusberg tunnel. This is the second average speed camera to be installed in Luxembourg, the first being the one on the N11 between Waldhof and Gonderange. Roadside signage indicates the presence of average speed cameras in both directions before the entrance to the tunnel.
Photos deleted after two months
The average speed camera calculates the average speed of vehicles along the entire length of the tunnel (1600 m). The maximum speed limit in the tunnels is 90 km/h; in the Germany-bound tube it is 70 km/h for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes. An allowance of 3 km/h or 3% for speeds above 100 km/h will be deducted from the calculated value.
As with other speed cameras, saved photos that cannot be used will be deleted no longer than two months after being recorded. Photos of vehicles that have been fined will be deleted no later than two weeks after the fine has been paid. Where criminal proceedings are concerned, the period for deleting photos runs from the day on which the case is finally closed, the court decision is no longer subject to appeal or public prosecution becomes subject to the statute of limitations.
Traffic light and speed control at Place de l’Étoile
The first traffic light camera in Luxembourg, at Place de l’Étoile in Luxembourg City, has been in operation since the summer. This intersection is particularly sensitive due to the frequent tram service. The radar, which operates from behind, can be used to simultaneously control speeding (50 km/h limit) and running a red light. It distinguishes between different traffic lanes and covers all registered vehicles.
The traffic signal radar detects violations of the traffic light when the front of a vehicle crosses the stop line by more than two metres. In the event that a vehicle slightly overshoots the stop lane to allow the emergency services to pass, a photo is taken but no infraction is initiated. When a speeding offence is committed, the vehicle is flashed, regardless of the colour of the traffic signal at the time.
Other radars of this type will be installed at the intersection of the route d’Esch and boulevard Dr Charles Marx and at the intersection of the A4 motorway with boulevard Pierre Dupong at Lycée Aline-Mayrisch in Luxembourg-Hollerich.
The ACL is in direct contact with the authorities that manage infrastructure and regulations (Traffic Police, Road Safety, P&C) and informs its members in real time of any changes or developments on our roads.