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Speed ​​control with high-tech: Welt Online presents speed traps. In the Dusseldorf Rhine tunnel, new (invisible) black light technology is used. After all, phe warned sign of the radar control.

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The new technology is also used in the Rennsteig Tunnel in Thuringia. Several radar traps are installed in the tunnel.

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The manufacturer of the new flash units, the company Robot Visual Systems, publishes this map of the tunnel in Thuringia on its website. It shows the individual Blitzerstations.

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This is what the camera looks like, taking photos with invisible, so-called black light.

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A laser flash of the latest generation. Such devices are only used in daylight.

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A digital radar gauge indicates that you are exceeding the speed limit.

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Norbert Hein, Mayor of Gera, presented the ‘SpeedoPhot digital’ traffic camera from Robot Visual Systems at the end of 2009. The device costs just under 100,000 euros. For his Operation requires two special workers.

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There are permanently installed speed cameras and mobile radar stations, laser cameras and video scanners. None of these monitoring techniques have so far been used in tunnels. Mainly because a flash of photos can irritate drivers and provoke accidents. But new types of devices are now circumventing this risk.

D.as warning sign "Radar control ”did not particularly impress the driver. The Mercedes raced into the Rhine bank tunnel at 159 kilometers per hour, measured and photographed by a new digital camera on the tunnel wall, which sent its images online to the public order office of the city of Dusseldorf. The camera sent the data from a BMW that had raced into the tube at 147 km / h, and another BMW that was speeding 146 km / h. "They were probably so fast that they couldn’t even read the sign, ”says Michael Zimmermann, acting head of the Dusseldorf Public Order Office, sarcastically.

These were the negative records with almost 3,600 speeding violations in one week, which resulted in almost 3,250 warning fines and around 350 administrative fines. These figures prove the necessity of the new radar system on the Rheinufer tunnel, and yet the city of Dusseldorf has a lot to explain these days. After all, it seldom happens nationwide that measuring devices are set up in an inner-city tunnel, such as in Bonn-Bad Godesberg and Bielefeld. In addition, in Dusseldorf with a "Black Flash “technology is flashed without a bright light, so that the tempo sinner caught is not irritated and other drivers are endangered.

The maximum speed was increased to 70 km / h

The systems on both sides of the street have been in operation since October 1st. The city has increased the maximum speed from 60 to 70 km / h and tried to reach many motorists with a publicity campaign, also in order not to get caught in the scent of rip-offs.

Zimmermann reacts strange to criticism of the ADAC that there is no legal basis because the tunnel is not a focus of accidents. "I find that questionable, because speeders could understand this as a quasi-legitimation of their actions, "says office manager Zimmermann, pointing out that the radar devices were set up in consultation with the local police. He also hopes that more motorists will see the warning sign "Take radar control seriously and indicates a slightly decreasing trend.

On the first day, 668 exceedances were registered, a week later there were an average of 400 daily. "I suspect it will go further down. But there will always be a certain amount of unteachable people, ”says Zimmermann. The city will quickly recover the costs for the system, which costs around 400,000 euros and monitors the two lanes in both directions with a total of eight devices (one measuring and one flash camera per lane).

For the company "Robot Visual Systems ”from the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Monheim am Rhein, this inner-city tunnel premiere represents another reference project. The Jenoptik AG subsidiary describes itself as "worldwide leading company in the field of traffic engineering ”and estimates its market leadership at 75 percent. The first cameras with the "invisible special flash ”, as the company explains, were installed in the Rennsteig tunnel on the Thuringian Autobahn 71. The Ministry of the Interior of the State of Thuringia decided to install the cameras at the beginning of the year.

Many churches are on "Schwarzblitzer" Interested

The company also regards this as a reference project, so it can be assumed that other cities may also be interested in it. In any case, a lot has happened with the pace measuring devices. The usual "Star boxes" appear increasingly antiquated. Instead, slim design columns with measuring and flashing technology are becoming more and more common. But it is not enough just to win a public tender before cameras are set up. Manufacturers must first have their devices tested by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB in Braunschweig.

The sales manager of Robot Visual Systems , Hartmut Hoffmeister reports that the approval period could last one and a half to two years. The working group is at PTB "Speed ​​measuring devices ”in the specialist department "Kinematics ”is responsible for the testing and calibration approval of new devices or technical developments. Around 20 to 30 inquiries are processed, explains the department head Frank Jager when asked by WELT ONLINE.

"The decisive criterion is that all the conditions that can be expected in practice are met, ”says Jager. The measuring accuracy of the device is crucial. To the "Core test "includes the practical use of the device. After a successful test, the device is approved for calibration. The model "TraffiStar S 330 “from Robot Visual Systems is registered with other devices from other companies at PTB.

With the "TraffiStar ”generation, the city of Bielefeld has also had unusual experiences. In December last year were on the A2 motorway on the "Bielefelder Berg ”installed measuring systems for the three lanes in the direction of Hanover. The public order office expected around 15,000 cases to be processed each year and assigned three clerks to do so. But the number was already reached after two weeks. It was recalculated. Additional office space had to be rented, and the fines department has grown to a good two dozen employees.

Law students were hired on one-year contracts to handle the warning and fine proceedings within the three-month period. The first year with the new facility is not quite over and the city is registering around 110,000 cases. The cameras were actually triggered around 225,000 times, but half of the proceedings have to be discontinued because drivers cannot be identified or because there is no agreement with Eastern European countries on the prosecution of traffic offenders.

"We assumed that word would get around after a year at the latest and that the numbers would go down", says Dietmar Schlueter, spokesman for the city of Bielefeld. But the cameras still trigger around 4,000 times a week. Schlueter defends himself against the accusation of targeted rip-off. Four signs on the Bielefelder Berg would point out the mandatory speed limit of 100, and two more would warn of the measurement controls, stresses Schluter. The police have been complaining for years that the A 2 is popularly used because of its transit character to Eastern Europe "Warschauer Allee "called, is repeatedly misused as a racing track and this leads to serious accidents later on.

Around 50,000 cars pass in one direction on Bielefelder Berg every day, most of them not from the surrounding area. According to Schluter, the city’s annual income will amount to around ten million euros, around half of which will be used for personnel and processing costs in the public order office. The rest is to flow into projects of the economic stimulus package II.

"At some point the number of cases will drop again, ”says Schlueter. But the fines department, which has grown considerably, will remain in place for the time being. Because the city expects immense processing costs in the next few years – and millions in earnings.

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