Published: 17 March 2023Modified: 17 March 2023

In order to improve traffic safety in The Hague, the municipality is using smart speed signs. These signs display a red sad face if you are speeding. Or a green smiley face if you are driving within the speed limit. A new feature is that the meter informs the police about the time and location when traffic is frequently driving too fast.

This way the police know exactly where they need to enforce the speed limit. Too many accidents occur because of speeding. These accidents can result in road traffic injuries and unfortunately fatalities. The municipality and police are not aiming to hand out more traffic fines but rather to improve traffic safety.

Speed signs at 180 spotsIf a speed sign is standing at the same spot for a long time, people get used to it. The drivers will then start speeding again. The 60 smart speed signs will therefore be moved around continuously. The municipality has drawn up a list with 180 spots where the meters could be placed.

Request a speed meterResidents of The Hague who think that traffic is driving too fast in their neighbourhood can request speed signs. Use the online form to report a problem in a public area (Melding Openbare Ruimte). When making your choice for the type of problem (‘uw melding’), select ‘report an unsafe traffic situation’ (onveilige verkeersituatie melden) and then ‘speed sign’ (‘snelheidsdisplay’). If the spot is suitable, the municipality will place a speed meter there the coming year.

Other measuresThe municipality is taking a number of other measures to increase traffic safety. Examples of these are: placing speed bumps, redesigning roads and introducing 30-kilometre an hour zones. The smart speed signs are part of this strategy.

Also see: Traffic safety measures (in Dutch)


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