Motorcyclists: ‘zero tolerance for alcohol’
One in fifteen motorcyclists involved in a traffic accident is under the influence of alcohol. That is the conclusion of the most recent annual report of Belgian traffic safety institute, Vias. That is why the organization again is pleading for a zero tolerance for alcohol in this target group.
0,2 percent limit
In 2017, 65% of motorcyclists involved in an accident were alcohol-tested. 6,6% tested positive, slightly more than the year before (6,3%).
“People are more vulnerable on a motorcycle”, explains Vias spokesman, Stef Willems. “Even a small amount of alcohol can make people lose their balance, so a 0,2 percent limit seems to be appropriate.”
Weyts not in favour
The European Commission advises a zero tolerance for motorcyclists since 2001. In February, Flemish Minister for Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), still expressed not to be in favour.