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Brussels police to crack down on ‘rodeo driving’ in the capital
Police in Brussels plan on cracking down on “rodeo driving” in a series of regular checks over the coming months. They hope to combat a rise in reckless driving in the capital that tends to coincide with the return of warm weather.
“Despite the efforts that are continuously made by the zone, in the past weeks we had to deal again with an upsurge of rodeo driving,” Brussels Capital Police Ixelles said in a statement.
Police said that the area of the Heysel plateau in particular had become a hotspot for excessive speed and reckless driving behaviour.
“Some infrastructural measures have already been taken in the past, but in spite of all this, it appears that drivers are once again heading for the area when the weather is nice, in order to put their foot down on the accelerator.”
Among the preventative measures already taken are a partial closure of the Louis Steensplein roundabout with concrete blocks, although this hasn’t stopped the spate of reckless driving in the area.
A rash of reckless driving incidents in May
In two incidents of such “rodeo driving” last weekend, two vehicles were confiscated by a taskforce set up specifically to target the phenomenon.
“On Saturday evening, a driver was stopped by a patrol for driving at an inappropriate speed on the Boulevard Centenaire, endangering pedestrians and other road users,” police said. “When he was stopped, a seven-year-old child was found sitting in the back seat. The driver's licence was immediately confiscated for 15 days and the car was impounded.”
A little later that day, another vehicle was spotted travelling at least 80 km/h in the 30 km/h zone near Avenue Jean Sobieski. That driver also had his licence withdrawn for 15 days and his car impounded.
“Over the past weeks and months, speed checks have also been carried out regularly in the wider area,” said police, pointing to another incident in which a driver was fined for going 101 km/h on Avenue Houba De Strooper, whose speed limit is 50 km/h.
“Regular speed checks were also carried out on Chaussée Romaine, Avenue Madrid and Avenue Impératrice Charlotte and Rue Emile Delva. At the latter location, the maximum permitted speed is 30km/h and one driver was caught at 107km/h.”
The police zone is emphasising that in the coming months as the weather continues to get warmer, police in Brussels and in Ixelles will continue to be focused on catching reckless drivers, in order to “guarantee the safety of all local residents and users of the public highway.”
Photo: (c) Belga/Paul-Henri Verlooy