Belgium is largely in favour of a zero tolerance policy on alcohol but solely for new drivers, it emerged from the most recent National Survey on the Absence of Road Safety carried out by the IBSR (Belgian Road Safety Agency). The British (37%) and the Dutch (40%) are more inclined to apply a zero tolerance policy regarding all drivers, a generalisation sought by scarcely 12% of Belgians.
Of the respondants, nearly 20% of Belgians admitted to having got behind the wheel at least once during the previous 30 days when they had been drinking, a figure which is double that found in the Netherlands and Germany. How tiredness is dealt with is also very different from one country to another, the IBSR has found. “Nearly half of Belgian and Dutch respondents never stop if they are tired, whilst in France a much larger number do so.”
The survey, carried out last summer by 1,000 adult respondents in each interested country, also tackled the sense of insecurity among road users. The latter is the highest amongst moped riders and motorcyclists, followed by cyclists.