Motorway madness “irresponsible”
Road safety advocates and federal transport secretary Etienne Schouppe were last week reported to be shocked at two videos, both appearing on YouTube, showing examples of “insane” road behaviour.
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In the first, a Romanian truck driver was shown dancing around in his cab while driving down a Belgian motorway. The man could be seen jumping up and down on his seat, letting go of the steering wheel and driving with his feet. The clip, filmed by his brother and uploaded to the video-sharing site YouTube, soon reached the Romanian airwaves, where the driver, Iulian Breazu, became a sensation. But Schouppe described the behaviour as “irresponsible” and said he would call on the police to investigate.
Later in the week, another motorway madness clip made an appearance, this time showing a cyclist riding along in the slipstream of a truck at speeds of around 100 km/h on the E42 motorway in the direction of Liège. The cyclist was Jeremy Honorez, 22, but it emerged later that the practice is fairly common among top cyclists. They use this technique as part of their training, according to competition cyclist Johan Museeuw in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. Asked what might happen if the lorry should suddenly hit the brakes, Museeuw replied: “You’re better off not thinking about that.”
Schouppe described Honorez’s training system as “simply insane” and demanded that police intervene “quick and hard”.