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Traffic safety and surveillance

The police pursue traffic safety cooperation with different authorities and organisations, not forgetting increasing international cooperation.

Of all authorities monitoring traffic, the police undoubtedly play the most prominent role in maintaining traffic safety. The Finnish Border Guard and Customs also actively participate in traffic surveillance.

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Traffic safety and surveillance

Traffic surveillance by the police

In addition to surveillance by the police, things affecting traffic safety include:

  • traffic infrastructure, i.e. the built traffic environment
  • vehicle safety accessories
  • conditions
  • legislation
  • vehicle drivers and other road users.

The priorities of traffic surveillance by the police are

  • speed surveillance
  • causing a serious traffic hazard
  • driving while intoxicated
  • use of safety devices
  • surveillance of heavy goods traffic.

The police of course also intervene with any type of other behaviour that is against traffic rules. To direct their operations, the police use national, regional and local accident statistics, traffic behaviour monitoring data and, whenever possible, also requests and wishes expressed by local residents. The police also prepare national traffic analyses to plan its traffic surveillance operations.

The purpose of police speed surveillance is to improve traffic safety by reducing speeding on the roads. The police measure driving speeds using radar guns, laser speed guns, average-speed gauges and automatic traffic surveillance equipment. In cases not detected with automatic traffic surveillance, speeding drivers are generally stopped immediately. A written caution, traffic penalty fee or fine is issued for speeding.

All patrols wearing a police uniform are engaged in traffic safety work in local police. Local police monitor traffic both in towns and on the main roads. In accordance with EU regulations, local police are also responsible for monitoring heavy goods traffic where special skills and equipment are required.

The fines imposed for traffic violations are based on the handbook for fines published by the National Police Board. You can use the fine calculator to calculate the amount that you would be fined for specific traffic offences.