Road safety campaigns appear to be falling on deaf ears in the canton of Vaud. After running a series of speed checks on several roads in the canton during the weekend of April 27 and 28, police reported discouraging results. Close to 12 per cent of drivers were exceeding the speed limit, compared with an average of 4.5 per cent in 2006, police said.

Many drivers treat the road like a "motor-racing circuit,” said Jean-Christophe Sauterel, cantonal police spokesman. During the recent checks, five reckless drivers, including four motorcyclists, had their driving licenses withdrawn on the spot. Another motorist was caught driving at 144 kilometers an hour in an 80 km/hour zone.

The mild weather at the time of the checks is one explanation for the higher number of driving offences. Vaud police, however, plan to ramp up the use of speed radar checks on several mountain roads and “critical spots” during the May bank holidays.