Motorist drives more than 170 kilometers too fast on the A8

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Oostzaan – Officers stopped a motorist on the A8 on Saturday, November 11, after he drove more than 170 kilometers too fast. The driver’s license of a 40-year-old man from Assendelft has been confiscated. His car has also been seized.

During a laser check on the A8 near Oostzaan, the man’s speed was measured at 282 kilometers per hour (272 after correction), where 100 is permitted. The motorist was then stopped and checked. The man’s driver’s license was confiscated during the inspection. His car has also been seized. The Public Prosecution Service will consider the settlement.

When can an officer confiscate a driver’s license?

In some cases the police confiscate the driver’s license. This is, for example, if you drive more than 50 km/h too fast with a car or 30 km/h too fast with a moped. Or of course if you have had too much alcohol. If the police confiscate your driver’s license, they must ensure that it reaches the public prosecutor within three days. The public prosecutor must decide within ten days whether you will get your driver’s license back. You often get it back, unless it is already the third or fourth time (or maybe even more) that your driver’s license has been confiscated.

Your car will be confiscated if the driver exceeds the speed limit by more than 100%.

Why do the police conduct speed checks?

Checking speed saves lives. That is why speed checks are an integral part of traffic enforcement by the police. Speeding can make the difference between life and death.

If a motorist is hit by a car traveling at 80 kilometers per hour, the victim is twenty times more likely to die than if the car is traveling at 30 kilometers per hour. This is even worse for cyclists and pedestrians. If they are hit by a car traveling at only 35 kilometers per hour, 5 percent of cyclists or pedestrians will die. But if a car travels at 48 kilometers per hour, the chance that the victim will not survive the collision is immediately 45 percent. And if the car travels at 64 kilometers per hour, only 15 percent will survive the impact.

There is another reason why the police continue to check for speeding violations. Research by the Road Safety Research Foundation (SWOV) shows that if drivers drive too fast five times a year (and receive a fine), they are ten times more likely to cause a serious traffic accident. It doesn’t matter whether they received those fines because they drove way too fast or a little bit too fast.

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