Flemish road and traffic agency Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer (AWV) has decided to replace 40 speed control cameras with average speed zones every year in an effort to reduce speeding.
The average speed zone system will check a vehicle’s speed over a certain distance. If a motorist exceeds the speed limit, a fine will be imposed.
AWV will also install an average speed zone along motorways and regional roads.
The final decision depends on a series of technical aspects and the number of intersections or entries and exits that the roads in question have.
“We want to avoid that drivers who only enter the section in question at a later stage and who therefore do not drive past the first measurement point do not have to worry about average speed zones, unlike all other drivers on that section,” AWV spokesman Veva Daniëls told Gazet Van Antwerpen.
However, speed cameras will not be removed altogether. Instead, they will be used to catch motorists driving through red lights.
Flanders currently has 48 operational average speed zones along Flemish motorways and regional roads, according to figures by former Flemish Minister of Mobility, Ben Weyts.
62 additional average speed zones have been installed but are not operational yet due to technical problems and lack of connectors for law enforcement to process the data.
Weyts noted that average speed zones are far more efficient than standard speed cameras in reducing deaths in car accidents.
“You are not caught on the basis of a snapshot,” he told Flanders Today. “You will only get a fine if you keep driving too fast over long distances.”
Sheila Uria Veliz
The Brussels Times