Around Easter, Western Australia Police started its trial with the autonomous multi-purpose enforcement system. It can be deployed at high-risk traffic zones that have limited space or infrastructure, required for other forms of enforcement operations. This includes locations such as highways and work and school zones, wherever temporary changes to speed limits are in place and locations where mobile speed camera enforcement is deemed too risky for the operators.
In 2016 and 2017, more than one third of road fatalities occurred in speed-related crashes, according to the Western Australian Road Safety Commission. This significant correlation with speed and driver incidents is one of the major tar-geted areas of Western Australia’s Towards Zero safety strategy for 2008-2020, which aims to change dangerous driver behaviour to ensure fewer serious injuries and fatalities. As such, it makes sense to invest in autonomous detection technologies which free up valuable police resources and work towards encouraging safer road behaviours. A number of studies show that fixed and mobile traffic safety enforcement devices have wide-spread and positive effects to neighbouring areas, especially around areas with vulnerable road users such as pedestrians (school children and construction workers), cyclists and motorcyclists. A semi-stationary solution such as VITRONIC’s ENFORCEMENT TRAILER provides combined benefits of mobile and fixed platforms.
Presently, there are over 300 Enforcement Trailers deployed throughout Germany, the Middle East and France. Additionally, the Enforcement Trailer has just received type approval in the Netherlands by the NMi (Netherlands Measurement Institute), an independent and internationally renowned specialist for testing and certifying the field of metrology.