Lower Saxony wants to slow down speeders with the so-called " Section Control " ( section control ). In Austria, Italy and the Netherlands, this method has been used for years. The principles of the measurement are quite simple: Stopped is the time when a car drives over a set distance. There are at the beginning and end of the track a measuring point. A computer then calculates the speed from distance and time. See their supporters in this method several advantages. So the speed is monitored over a longer period of time, after all it is useless if a Raser short brakes in front of a mobile speed camera and then back on the gas. In addition, accidents are to be avoided, because speeders spontaneous panic rising in the iron against mobile speed traps. Moreover, since signs point to the test section, the flow of traffic should be calmed.
In Lower Saxony, the method in 2015 to be launched as a pilot project and initially run 18 months. Where the speed camera section are used has not yet been determined. Conceivable are Federal roads or highways with about a three kilometer section that is not interrupted by trips or parking. According to the state government all the criteria are met, which was formulated in 2009 for such a model project of the German Traffic Court. So to be really controls only on accident-prone stretches. The data collected may not be linked with other registers, and must be deleted automatically immediately after the measurement, if the car was not too fast. And: As mentioned, a sign on the measuring section must point.
The measurement itself looks like this: Every car is photographed when entering the range from behind. This image is sent electronically pixilated and together with a " time stamp " to a central computer. At the end of the test section, there's then a time stamp and the computer calculates the average speed. If it is too high, a front camera flashes as the car had front and the post office will return the holder to the penalty notice.
The German Road Safety Council ( DVR ) welcomes the pilot explicitly, since reports from neighboring countries show that the control section increases traffic safety proven. Critics, however, see a violation of the fundamental right to " informational self-determination ", ie that personal data could be collected and pass unquestioned. According to Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius, the plant will be tested " fundamental " by the National Representative of Privacy with regard to their data security, before it comes on the road to use . (HD)