Some 9,455 speeding tickets were issued during the speed control marathon held from Friday 6:00 AM to Saturday by the federal police. Organized on the territory of 80 police districts, the marathon monitored 252,389 vehicles via 382 mobile cameras. A total of 39 drivers had their licenses suspended. The figures are well below those of the first marathon held last April when 400,000 vehicles were checked. This difference can be explained for several reasons. On one hand, the results “are incomplete,” said the federal police. Data from the speed cameras as well as some results from the local police forces are not yet available.
On the other hand, the police unions had also called on officials to boycott the marathon last week as a sign of protest to the lack of a solution on the issue of early retirement for the police officers
In the first edition, mobile cameras “flashed” 15,615 drivers while fixed radars detected 4,599 speeding vehicles of the 400,000 vehicles checked.
“Through such actions, the police want to encourage motorists to respect the speed limits so that they do not have to issue as many speeding tickets. Proper road behavior has a positive impact on the number of accidents, and consequently on the number of victims, “concluded the federal police.
Lorraine Thomson (Source: Belga)