NL Driving: Schinnen

Schinnen police are cracking down on speeding and proper document holding.

The longer article is below… but here are the biggies:

  1. Watch your speed. In town the speed limit is 50Kpm. On some roads (especially near Schinnen) it’s 30. That feels slow sometimes, but it isn’t fair to the residents along those narrow streets for us to speed. Nor do you want a ticket and points against your record. Be aware of your speed.
  2. Even though Schinnen is just a quick drive, it is in the NL, so for those of us in Germany, it is especially important to remember to have our documents with us at all times. IE: passports for all passengers or copy of orders and military id.
  3. We also need to remind drivers that when leaving USAG Schinnen that making a left turn onto Veeweg (the street before the pedestrian crossing) is not permitted. There is a sign with an arrow indicating that the only permitted direction of travel is straight as you approach the end of Borgerweg. You can expect increased police checks at that point and drivers, if cited, face a fine of €60!

Safe driving!

USAG Schinnen Public Affairs Office

Observe speed limits, drive cautiously near USAG Schinnen
USAG Schinnen, Netherlands –
Employees and customers of USAG Schinnen are warned to observe speed limits and drive cautiously while driving on Borgerweg, Nagelbeek, Stationsstraat and Veeweg – all roads that lead to and from USAG Schinnen. The intersection at the end of Borgerweg is especially hazardous because four roads meet at a major pedestrian crossing and train crossing. The fall harvest also means that trucks going to and from the Canisius factory have increased. There is also construction on
Veeweg, which adds to the obstacles drivers and pedestrians face as traffic nears USAG Schinnen.

Veeweg, a road often used to avoid the railroad crossing by driving around the town of Schinnen, passes through residential areas and a 30kph zone is imposed there. The speed limit
on the other roads is 50kph. Traffic and road conditions often mean drivers should consider driving slower than posted limits to avoid hazards.

Residents of the Town of Schinnen have complained to the City Hall about congestion and fast
driving around this intersection. Local media reports identify employees and customers of
USAG Schinnen as part of the problem.

Employees and customers of USAG Schinnen are reminded that posted speed limits off base are
subject to fines and penalties imposed by Dutch officials. If stopped by Military Police on base,
a ticket can be issued that accesses points against a driver’s license and, if necessary, a person’s
on‐base driving privileges can be revoked by the commander.

The potential for an accident increases when drivers do not observe the posted speed limits or
adjust speeds downward to accommodate congested road conditions. As winter approaches,
less daylight and weather will add to the hazards drivers may face. So, please – slow down,
observe speed limits and drive safely.

Last week we sent out a warning to observe speed limits in the local area. We also need to remind drivers that when leaving USAG Schinnen that making a left turn onto Veeweg (the street before the pedestrian crossing) is not permitted. There is a sign with an arrow indicating that the only permitted direction of travel is straight as you approach the end of Borgerweg. You can expect increased police checks at that point and drivers, if cited, face a fine of €60!

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