For the second time this year, the Federal Road Police and the Local Police will join forces as part of a so-called "speed camera marathon" on Wednesday, when it will check the speed of drivers across the country.
The number of drivers who broke the speed limit on Belgian roads in 2021 reached a new record, and last month, the number of drivers caught speeding in the country in the first eight months of 2022 already surpassed the number registered last year as a result of increased road checks.
In light of this news, and after a study earlier this year showed the number of deaths as a result of traffic accidents increased dramatically, road safety and cracking down on such offences has increasingly become a priority.
To this end, police points will be set up across various roads (motorways and secondary roads) all over Belgium from 6:00 in the morning on Wednesday to check the speed of drivers during the course of 24 hours. More than 100 local police zones, as well as the Federal Police, will carry out these "intensive speed checks."
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"With this announced action, the police mainly want to encourage drivers to drive slower. So keep this in mind and stick to the speed limits," a Federal Police statement read. "As a reminder, during the previous edition in March 2022, a whopping 3.82% of drivers checked were speeding."
In Belgium, speeding is one of the main causes of fatal road traffic accidents, which is why the Federal Police organises a wide range of permanent prevention and control actions to tackle these violations.