Police at all levels in Belgium will conduct a vast operation of roadside checks from Friday the 12th of January, at 6 p.m. to Monday the 15th of January, at 6 a.m. The operation, dubbed “Weekend without Alcohol at the Wheel”, involves the federal road police, the 128 local police districts and the Belgian Institute for Road Safety.
The federal road police reported on Thursday that a total of 16, 122 drivers were checked during last year’s edition of the operation.
“The statistics on accidents show that drivers still have too much tolerance for alcohol at the wheel,” the police stressed.
In 2016, no fewer than 4,300 road accidents involved at least one driver under the influence of alcohol; “this means that, in Belgium, one in eight incidents causing personal injury is due to alcohol,” the police added.