Vehicles To Be Weighed During
Safe Holiday Operation
14 JUN - Vehicle weighing will be аmong the features of 2021 ROADPOL Safe Holiday Operation.
This opportunity will be made available by Luxembourg police, who are also planning a common campaign with the national automobile club (ACL) to inform the people how to travel safe this season and especially how to secure their homes to prevent burglaries while gone on vacation. Within the frame of the “Great Region” police forces in Germany, France and Luxembourg will organize a joint common day (10th of July) during which specific traffic checks will be made in view of the holiday season.
ROADPOL Safe Holiday operation will be conducted from 1st July to 31st August. The motive for it is the fact that during summer holidays many European residents travel by car on the European roads and these journeys usually take place on specific days in July and August. “It has been observed that at times these drivers and their families travel long hours with rather little rest. Then there is the problem of the technical conditions of the car and the fact that these journeys often include carrying all kinds of personal belongings, both inside and outside the vehicle, often not properly laden. All this may generate risky situations on the roads that could lead to serious crashes endangering not only drivers and passengers in these said vehicles, but other road users as well”, says Head of Operations for Traffic and Transportation Section at Spain's Guardia Civil Leandro Fuentes, who is also a member of ROADPOL Council and Operations Working Group.
“The operation is considered to be a useful tool for increasing the road safety of every country during summer on the occasion of these massive displacements. The effectiveness is boosted by the operation being carried out as a timely synchronized effort by every Traffic Police Force throughout the continent”, explains Fuentes. According to him suggested actions within Safe Holiday operation include speed controls, checking load conditions, vehicle security elements (seat belts and conditions of the tires) as well as vehicle weight controls.
“Traffic Police actions must be supported by media and marketing campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the holiday travel risks among drivers so that they can prepare the car and the journey properly. Setting up of informational and enforcement campaigns in specific places of the European main routes can increase the road safety in all the countries where these drivers travel through. It would be even more effective if these roadside controls are carried out jointly by Traffic Police Forces from neighboring countries at their common border”, Fuentes also advised.