Mayor of Schaerbeek, Bernard Clerfayt (Défi), was caught by a speeding camera on Rue Van Oost in Schaerbeek in the last week of May 2019, according to reports.
He was caught by a speed camera driving 38 kilometres per hour in a 30 km/h zone, and is "ashamed and angry with himself," reports Belgian media.
The mayor admitted his mistake on Tuesday night. "Normally he drives with cruise control, but this time he forgot," says Marc Weber, Chief of Cabinet of Mayor Clerfayt, to Bruzz. "Suddenly he saw that he was driving about 38 kilometres per hour."
The 38 km/h recorded is the speed after correction, but as the correction in a 30 km/h zone is minimal, his speed was likely only negligibly more.
"He must, of course, set an example. Now he will pay the fine," said Weber.
This news comes as unsafe driving in Schaerbeek faces increased scrutiny following three traffic accidents involving children in the past few weeks.
A child under the age of 10 was hit by a car on Wednesday on Rue Gallait, near école n° 2, in Schaerbeek. On June 5, a six-year-old boy was hit on rue Dupont by a motorist who fled. He was not hurt. And on June 13, a 14-year-old was critically injured in a hit-and-run incident but has recovered.
The Brussels Times