Huge fines for Belgians flouting speed limit

5th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

Belgian police are setting up a new kind of speed trap in an attempt to draw more cash out of our pockets. The new system has already led to 17,000 fines.

The police have now started to set up enforcement cameras one after the other with only a short distance between two cameras.

Mobile speed cameras are alternated with fixed enforcement cameras during operations dubbed 'speed operations'.

The extra cameras are even being used where the SPECS system has been set up to check motorists' average speed over a stretch of motorway.

Michaël Jonniaux, the head of Roads' Police, told the VRT: "In this way drivers can hit the jackpot four or five times in a row."

Twenty-five such operations have been staged since July of last year.

In all 495,000 vehicles were checked leading to 17,069 fines.

Michaël Jonniaux: "Today motorists think that once they have passed a speed camera, they have nothing more to fear. By setting up speed cameras in sequence drivers now risk receiving several demands to pay a fine. Maybe, if drivers realise this, they will change their behaviour."

 

Flandersnews.be / Expatica

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