With 600,000 cars and commercial vehicles jostling from room on her 12,000 miles of main roads, Holland faces an ever increasing toll of traffic casualties, and Dutch police are constantly rehearsing accident drill.
SV PAN.. Police with cars lined up.
SV Policeman uses car phone.
SV Police sergeant at headquarters takes call.
SV Police car away from camera.
W I P E
SV Simulated accident at night.
SV Police car towards camera.
SV Auxiliary vehicle arrives.
GV Bollards, etc., in position.
LV Policeman with portable floodlight from van.
SV Policeman moves with lighting unit.
CU Lighting cable plugged in.
CU Lamp lit.
SV Policeman, traffic past scene.
LV Flashing warning lamp.
SV Policeman questions car driver, PAN to damaged cycle.
SV Police car with beacon flashing.
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Background: With 600,000 cars and commercial vehicles jostling from room on her 12,000 miles of main roads, Holland faces an ever increasing toll of traffic casualties, and Dutch police are constantly rehearsing accident drill.
Recently, police at Bilthoven, central Holland, carried out "exercise accident" at dusk. As soon as a warning telephone call as received, the mobile traffic patrol - using the latest equipment - proceeded with great haste to the scene of the simulated accident between car and cyclist. They swiftly cordoned off traffic with bollards and warning lights, switched on a portable floodlight from a van, and put out accident signs - a manoeuvre out with lighting speed.
Last year, 1,691 people were killed on Holland's road and nearly 25,500 were injured. This year, motorists are compelled to fit flaps on rear mudguards to prevent blinding rain spray behind them - a cause of many accidents.