Nearly 3.5 million traffic offences in the second four-month period of 2107
In the second four-month period of 2017 (May–August), there were 3,412,469 traffic offences under the Traffic Regulations (Administrative Enforcement) Act (Wet administratiefrechtelijke handhaving verkeersvoorschriften, Wahv). This is a minor increase compared to the same period last year, when 3,394,868 traffic fines were issued, for offences including speeding, running red lights, illegal parking and using a hand-held phone while driving. These figures have been published in the second four-monthly summary under Wahv 2017.*
Most of the traffic offences concerned speeding: 2,933,794 as opposed to 2,906,590 in the same period the year before. The number of fines imposed for using a hand-held phone while driving also rose. In the period of May–August 2017, 29,296 fines were issued as opposed to 20,968 fines the year before. This is attributed to increased attention by traffic law enforcement regarding this dangerous behaviour.
The number of police arrests increased from 109,404 in the second four-month period of 2016 to 129,119 in the same period in 2017. This increase can be explained by more police enforcement on the roads.
Section control and speed cameras
The number of speeding offences established during speed control dropped slightly compared to a year earlier. In the second four-month period of 2017, there were 866,782 fines issued, while a year previously this was 880,588. This slight decrease occurred on most road sections involved. In addition, the A10 near Amsterdam was closed temporarily, which meant that there was no speed control there. A new speed control section was established on the A2 near Maastricht in late March. The number of offences caught on speed cameras remained nearly the same.
Foreign-based traffic offenders
The number of traffic offences involving vehicles with foreign number plates for which an order is sent to a foreign address is increasing. In the months May–August 2017, this involved 421,520 fines (12.4% of the total number of fines), compared to 373,473 in the same period a year before. This is in part due to the fact that more countries are now connected to the systems in the Netherlands. These countries have been added to the four-monthly summary.
*The four-monthly summary of traffic fines is compiled by the Ministry of Security & Justice, the Police, the Central Fine Collection Agency (CJIB) and the Public Prosecution Service (OM).