Since yesterday the new speed limits on streets, shreds and avenues of Metropolitan Lima. According to Supreme Decree 025-2021 of Ministry of Transport and Communicationsthe new gradualness criterion considers that, at higher speeds, the risk for drivers and pedestrians also increases.
“Our intention is to reduce traffic accidents. We have focused on the points with the highest incidence and there we develop the control”, explained Colonel Wilson Villalobos, head of the Traffic Accident Prevention Division of the National Police.
At press time, the total number of speeding offenders was not specified. However, Villalobos pointed out that 35 photo ballots were reported within a two-hour period, between 7 am and 9 am, on Tomás Marsano Avenue, in Surco.
Colonel (r) PNP, Franklin Barreto, explained that this inspection is being carried out with manual kinemometers, a technology that is already outdated and that will only have a partial effect that, in the long run, will not fulfill its effect.
“Being teams that are not physical will have limitations. For example, they will not be able to control motorcycles, which are vehicles that mostly exceed speed limits and have license plates on the back. In addition, the control will be for hours, which will cause people to drive at high speeds during the early hours or when they do not see an agent.”, said the specialist.
Luis Quispe Candia, president of the NGO Luz Ámbar, explained that the Municipality of Lima did not comply with changing the vertical signage on the avenues. During a tour, this newspaper observed that, on some main avenues, the signs with outdated limits are maintained.
Trade He contacted the metropolitan commune to find out when they would make the change in signage, without success.
Quispe Candia also explained that one of the main problems lies in the very norm that establishes that transit ballots are administrative sanctions.
“Currently, all fines enter a judicial review for discharges, appeals for reconsideration until they reach a contentious jury. It is a long road that offenders take advantage of and that are taken advantage of by unscrupulous lawyers. It should be a summary process that goes through a traffic judge and would be resolved in a single hearing”, says the specialist.
For the transport specialist, Lino de la Barrera, despite the fact that the commune did not comply with the change, this should not be an excuse for drivers to break the rule.
“The metropolitan commune had a year to adapt, but it did not. However, drivers cannot claim ignorance because it is an already established rule”, he assured.