In order to more quickly fill the nation’s depleted coffers and save drivers the trouble of having to make a bank transfer after getting a speeding ticket, dozens of radar units fixed with contactless payment terminals are being installed around Luxembourg.
Thanks to new technology, the radar units will automatically deduct fines from the bank accounts of anyone who speeds past in a car, truck, or motorcycle.
Driver Ana Luisa Martins, who receives at least one speeding ticket a month, says she’s looking forward to finding surprise charges on her bank statements.
“It’ll be a guessing game, a trip down memory lane,” she said. “Like, 49 euros debited on the third of last month, where was I driving then? Ah, yes, to get my microwave back from my psycho ex in Petange.”
Police spokesperson Marco Trausch says that assuming the new program is a success, up to 100,000 units will be installed around the country, and that they could bring the state at least 45 billion euros of revenue every year.
“Luxembourg drivers are literally unable to obey the speed limits,” he said. “These new radar units are a bet we cannot lose.”