Around 15 members of a Facebook group that signals the presence of mobile radars on roads in Aveyron (south of France) were convicted by the Rodez Correctional Tribunal. They were sentenced to a month’s driving suspension for “evasion of driving infractions”. “It’s a bit of a ridiculous sentence”, says Benoit Godart, the spokesman for the Belgian Institute of Road Safety (IBSR). “In Belgium, we have opted for a more positive approach”. “There has never been a similar conviction in Belgium, and there is no legal base for it that I know of”, explains Benoit Godart.
In Belgium, the authorities approach to this type of social network group or the Coyote community is “positive”, according to the spokesman. “We have to live with the times, we can’t fight against it”.
Police officers and those in charge of Belgian road safety know of the existence of this type of group in our country. They are therefore trying to adapt to the current reality. “Of course, we prefer radars being pinpointed to a stretch of road rather than the exact location being revealed, as that is more preventative. But being convicted for it is ridiculous”, says Benoit Godart.