For the very first time in history, more than six million speeding offences were reported by the Austrian police. In addition, around 1.75 million alcohol tests were carried out. Once again, more drivers were found to be under the influence of drugs. Minister of the Interior Gerhard Karner explained: “Intensive education and training in the detection of drug-drivers has made it possible to significantly increase the effectiveness of traffic monitoring of these offences. Spot checks are not only crucial for road safety.” Due to the presence of the police, criminals could also not feel safe at any time in Austria.
About 5.1 million of the detected speeding offences were measured by radar devices. The Federal Police currently has 370 stationary and mobile radar devices at its disposal in the traffic service. A further 650,000 drivers were caught using laser measuring devices and around 350,000 were detected by plain-clothes patrols, section control systems or other types of monitoring. This means a new annual high and an increase of 19.7 percentage points compared to the previous year (2021: 5,115,525). Currently, ten stationary section control facilities are in operation nationwide. In addition, further mobile systems were temporarily deployed in construction site areas.