Planned speed trap in Bad Godesberg FDP wants speed limit of 50 instead of speed camera on Ludwig-Erhard-Allee

Bonn · Starting this summer there is to be a new speed camera on Ludwig-Erhard-Allee near the Caesar research centre. The FDP in Bad Godesberg thinks reducing the speed limit from 70 to 50 makes more sense.

It is shortly before Christmas. Police have a speed trap on Ludwig-Erhard-Allee and catch a driver travelling at 101 kilometres per hour instead of the permitted 50. Within two hours, a further 19 cars are too fast. Driving too fast at specific locations is a reason for the city to set up speed cameras there. As reported, this will also be the case near the Caesar research centre from the summer. However, the FDP in Bad Godesberg wants to prevent this and is instead suggesting a continuous speed limit.

The Bad Godesberg district council will address the proposal in its March meeting. District councillor Wolfgang Heedt has in mind the 765 metre long, two lane section from the Rheinaue car park to the South Bridge, where the speed limit is 70. However, traffic is not unrestricted here as the section is also interrupted by a traffic light. “In this section there is also the exit to the Rheinaue restaurant, so you always need to take account of cars turning off slowly or merging here,” argues Heedt. He thinks a speed camera is unnecessary, “if these few metres are changed to a speed limit of 50.”

The administration told the GA when asked that it was sticking with the decision to set up a speed camera. Evaluations of several traffic counts had shown that on Ludwig-Erhard-Allee the speed limit of 50 kilometres per hour was exceeded with above-average frequency. Should the FDP proposal nevertheless be agreed to, “the administration will carry out the desired examination,” said Andrea Schulte from the press office.

Currently six permanent speed cameras in operation in Bonn

At its most recent meeting, the Construction and Procurement Committee deferred the purchase of the speed monitoring system for Ludwig-Erhard-Allee. In view of the FDP’s proposal, the politicians said Bad Godesberg district council will first be heard. The Hardtberg district council has already agreed to the purchase of a second speed camera to be placed on Konrad-Adenauer-Damm in Hardtberg. However, the committee has also not yet made a decision on this. The administration pointed out that both speed cameras would be purchased at the same time.

There are eight permanent speed cameras in Bonn: in both directions on Reichstraße in Ückesdorf, on Mainzer Straße at the railway bridge between Rüngsdorf and Pennenfeld as well as in the Bad Godesberg tunnel, where one tunnel is currently closed and so only two of the four speed cameras are working. Currently there are also two speed camera trailers, one of which has been on the B9 outside the Bundeskunsthalle for more than two years. The same model has been on Remagener Straße (B9) in Mehlem since the start of the year.

(Original text: Richard Bongartz, Lisa Inhoffen / Translation: kc)

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