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Speed-check 'marathon' on Belgian roads today

11:01 05/10/2022

Federal and local police are carrying out a 24-hour "marathon" of speed checks on Belgian roads this Wednesday.

The 17th edition of the speed-check marathon began at 6.00 and runs until the same time on Thursday morning.

It is the second operation of its kind this year - the previous one was organised in March - and aims to encourage drivers to slow down.

More than 100 local police zones will work alongside federal police for reinforced speed checks - both on motorways and smaller local roads.

"Road safety is one of our top priorities," a police spokesperson said. "Indeed, excessive speed is one of the biggest causes of accidents."

According to police, excessive speed was the direct cause of 485 fatal car accidents in Belgium last year.

During the previous edition of the speed-check marathon in March, 869,000 vehicles were checked and 33,000 (almost 4%) were over the speed limit. Police confiscated 75 licences from drivers.

Written by The Bulletin