Essen / Mülheim an der Ruhr (dpa / lnw) - The police in Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr have apologized to those affected for a "failed speed control". A team from the Mülheim an der Ruhr police station went to the Styrum district last Tuesday morning (June 28) to combat speed, the main cause of the accident. The officials on Dümptener Straße near Wörthstraße controlled the traffic with lasers, the police said on Monday.
The team made a regrettable mistake: the police officers assumed that the speed limit in the controlled section of the road was 30 kilometers per hour. In fact, 50 kilometers per hour were allowed at this point. The reason for the misjudgment was a "Zone 30 traffic sign" that was attached to a house that was being renovated. This sign was so twisted that it did not point to Wörthstrasse but to Dümptener Strasse.
The officials punished 30 traffic violations for allegedly excessive speed. Only the complaints from road users days after the control uncovered the error. The measurement protocols are currently being evaluated with the aim of identifying the road users who have been unjustly sanctioned and remitting the warning money paid to them as quickly as possible.
The police apologize "in all forms" and are working "at full speed on the reversal of the warning money that has been issued". The police announcement, which was also distributed on social media, literally said: "In the future, we will be even more careful when selecting our checkpoints in order to rule out such mistakes."