6,500 drivers caught speeding every day

Summary

The federal traffic police are taking measures to cut the number of people killed on the roads, using improved speed cameras and smoother administration

‘Hit them in the wallet’

More than 6,500 drivers are caught speeding every day in Flanders, according to figures from the federal police.

In the first half of this year, 1,194,485 drivers were recorded by speed cameras breaking the limit. “The Flemish are poor learners,” police spokesperson Peter De Waele told VRT.

One reason for the increase is that the technology used in speed cameras is becoming better and faster. The most recent generation of cameras can check vehicles’ speed across multiple lanes of traffic, for example.

“The absolute priority for the federal traffic police is to bring down the number of victims of traffic accidents. That’s why we’re installing better cameras,” De Waele said.

The administration of official incident reports (PVs) has also been simplified. Police officers no longer process these themselves; instead the work is carried out centrally by civilian staff, allowing more officers to remain on the streets carrying out speed checks.

“Every year more than 700 people are killed in road accidents,” De Waele said. “Unfortunately, there are some drivers whose behaviour we can only change by hitting them in the wallet.”

Photo: Belga/Virginie Lefour

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