The pollster, now famous and notorious in The Hague and the surrounding area, had – as far as is known – fifty-fifty car accidents. The news even reached news sites in the United States and locals hung wreaths.
This past weekend, an error occurred again. A motorist bumped into the notorious scout. Both occupants were examined by paramedics, but there was no need for them to be taken to the hospital. The car sustained significant damage after the collision. It seemed for a moment that this was No. 49, but police reported to regional emergency website Regio15 that earlier in the day there had also been a collision with the barrier. No photo of that, but that means tonight’s crash is the 50th crash.
Wreaths were hung to “celebrate” the fiftieth collision at the infamous Pole. ‘Yippee, the 50th car against the horror poll writer! Then wreaths are hung, Theon Mundt jokingly writes on Facebook. The news has now also reached the US, as news site The Drive has run a comprehensive story on the runaway car wreck. The pole is described as the No. 1 bollard in the Netherlands. ‘Drivers in the Netherlands can’t stop crashing into this barrier’, can read on the website.
The incident was also reported on Twitter World Bollard Association. The metal leaflets on the Escamplaan in The Hague caused so many incidents that the call for the removal of the controversial “caricides” broke out again. The new traffic board member is also seriously considering alternatives.
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Signs and flashing lights warn motorists on their way to the nearby hospital that the road is closed. This is much needed, because the number of accidents is high in this location. Since its inception, fifty drivers have hit the poles, causing significant damage.
In recent months things have gone noticeably wrong. Nowhere else in the city, which is so full of poles, do so many accidents happen with these metal poles. No one can say yet why this is exactly where things go wrong. Motorists are widely warned that these things are on the road. But that doesn’t seem to help.
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Locals are no longer even surprised if another car crashes into the poles, as they told this site earlier. “You used to fly out of bed with those loud bangs every time,” said resident Martin Breimann, who lives across from the pollsters. “I’m kind of used to it now.” De Hagenar has already seen several motorists taken off with injuries.
At Hart voor Den Haag they are tired anyway of the ‘car predators’ on Escamplaan. The greater part of the court city had been arguing for some time to replace the columns with cameras, as in Delft. “This system prevents crash damage, reduces road stagnation, and is more welcoming and cheaper,” party boss Richard D. Moss believes. “If you install cameras, the offender will simply be sent home with a fine.” But he doesn’t want to.
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The municipality has previously admitted that there are “significant sums” if the barrier is damaged. On average, each collision costs around 7,000 euros, a spokesperson said. This concerns bulkhead repair, removal of oil from the road surface and fares. Approximately 166,500 euros were paid to traffic controllers in Escamplaan from January to mid-September, according to figures released by the municipality.
The Hague is now seriously looking at alternatives, according to new Traffic board member Ann Mulder reacting. According to him, previous traffic measures, such as extra attention signals and attention lighting in the perimeter of the barrier, had already led to fewer collisions. But he thinks things still often go wrong.
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Cameras are a real choice.
The cameras are also “a real option as a barrier replacement” for Mulder. “There will then be no physical closure and drivers will be fined if camera images show that people have used that road incorrectly. This is a realistic option that the municipality is looking at. However, this is separate from the measures currently being developed to improve the traffic situation at the checkpoint.”
“In addition, the camera implementation involves significant costs, on the one hand to install and maintain the cameras, but also to set up a back office to view the images and deal with them in case of violations,” Mulder said last month. Site.
View previous photos from collisions at the barrier below.
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