Traffic policemen send open letter to President Iohannis, asking him to not promulgate the new road traffic law

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The Group of Traffic Policemen in Romania has sent a letter to President Klaus Iohannis on Friday, warning that, following the adoption of the new amended traffic road law which forces the Police to signal any radar hundreds of meters or even kilometres ahead of the radar cars, “the number of car accidents due to excessive speed, will increase at an alarming rate”.

Traffic police officers ask the head of state to not promulgate the law, which they consider “a life statement” for citizens. They also suggest the controversial law might be challenged to the Constitutional Court.

Passed previously by the Senate, the draft bill that forces the Police to signal any radar hundreds of meters or even kilometres ahead of the radar cars, was adopted two weeks ago by the Chamber of Deputies.

The Chamber of Deputies, acting as the decision-making body, adopted a draft law amending article 109 of the Government Ordinance no. 195/2002 on traffic on public roads, which states, among other things, that the presence of Police cars equipped with radar must be pre-marked by panels 500-2,000 meters ahead.

The draft was adopted with 226 votes in favour, 26 votes against and 5 abstentions.

According to the amendments adopted by the parliamentary committees, “radar police cars or gun-type radars used by police officers must be pre-signalled by a panel displayed 500-2,000 meters ahead in the direction of traffic but no more than 1,000 meters in localities and 4,000 meters outside the localities.”

Also, the panel warning about the radar is mounted by the road manager upon the request of the police officer.

In addition to the fact that the police cars must be inscribed as Romanian Police, according to an amendment, they must be positioned at sight.

All committees have decided that gun-type radar devices cannot be used more than ten meters away from the police car.

The Government has announced that it does not support this initiative.

The draft law was initiated by PNL Deputy Florin Roman, whereas PSD and UDMR MPs contributed with suggestions for amendments.

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