In a reply sent to Lusa, ANSR indicates that construction work has already started for the placement of the 50 radars that are part of the National Speed Control System (SINCRO), managed by ANSR.
These new 50 radars, which will join the first SINCRO that has existed in the country since 2016, were announced some time ago by the Ministry of Internal Administration and the National Road Safety Authority.
The ANSR justified the delay in putting this system into operation “with the delay in the supply of equipment due to the exceptional situation in the supply chains resulting from the covid-19 disease pandemic, the global energy crisis and the effects resulting from the war in Ukraine”.
Of these 50 new radars, 30 will be installed in Instantaneous Speed Control Locations (LCVI) and 20 in Medium Speed Control Locations (LCVM), with 80% expected to be placed outside motorways.
ANSR specifies that 20 of these radars will allow the detection of instantaneous speed and 10 are capable of calculating the average speed on a given route.
According to the ANSR, SINCRO currently monitors the speed of drivers by “measuring the vehicle's instantaneous speed, that is, its speed at the moment it passes the speed control site”.
The new radars will allow “the inspection of the speed practiced by drivers by measuring the average speed of the vehicle between two predefined points on the road”.
According to ANSR, the contracts for the supply and installation of the new speed control radars will cost around 5.6 million euros.
The SINCRO network is currently composed of 62 instantaneous speed control sites installed on several roads of the national road network equipped with 58 radars.
The speed control radars operated by ANSR were placed in places where excessive speed proved to be one of the causes for accidents, with ANSR having as “the main objective to deter drivers from failing to comply with speed limits, fundamental to combating accidents and to save lives”.
The ANSR points out that all locations with radars “are always signposted, and everyone is aware so that vehicles reduce their speed and consequently the risk of accidents and their severity”.
“The locations that are controlled by SINCRO radars, in addition to, in global terms, having a deterrent effect on non-compliance with speed limits and on accident rates, have also had a local level, in the zone of influence of each radar, an effect in the reduction of accidents”, emphasizes Road Safety.
ANSR points out that, in six years of operation, the data relating to the places where these radars were installed “unequivocally prove their role and effect as fundamental instruments to combat road accidents” since “all indicators have dropped”.