Protestors lie down in Schaerbeek street to protest recent hit-and-runs
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    Protestors lie down in Schaerbeek street to protest recent hit-and-runs

    People protested a hit-and-run accident in Schaerbeek which left a child severely injured. Credit: 1030/0 Facebook

    About 100 people, including children, lay in the middle of the street in Schaerbeek on Thursday to protest recent accidents involving children hit by cars.

    The protestors, who were covered in bandages, lay on the street near the intersection of Chaussée de Helmet and Rue Willems for five minutes, according to Bruzz. One of the accidents took place there.

    The lie-in was organized by 1030/0, a group that wants to “improve road traffic safety and urban mobility in 1030 Schaarbeek,” the organization’s Facebook page says.

    Three children have been hit by cars in Schaerbeek in recent weeks. Most recently, a 10-year-old was hit by a car but not seriously injured on Wednesday. A 14-year-old girl was critically injured in Schaerbeek in a hit-and-run incident on 13 June.

    1030/0 is calling for road improvements designed to give priority to road safety over traffic flow or driving comfort and to favour pedestrians and cyclists and the safety of children and the elderly, according to BX1.

    On Tuesday, the mayor of Schaerbeek, Bernard Clerfayt, announced he had been caught speeding on camera.

    Sam Nelson
    The Brussels Times