Traffic fines will be accompanied by ‘sensitizing information’
On Tuesday, the Federal Public Service for Justice announced that in the future, traffic fines would be accompanied by a sensitizing message. The idea is the result of a joint initiative of the federal government, the police, and the traffic safety institute, Vias.
Improve traffic safety
Most frequent infringements are speeding, drinking and driving, distraction by using the smartphone, not wearing the seatbelt, or not using the child’s seat. “Those sensitizing messages are meant to make people think twice,” explains Minister for Justice, Koen Geens (CD&V). “They have to improve traffic safety.”
Also, Flemish Minister for Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), is convinced the combination of punishment and sensitizing information will have a more substantial impact. “The extra images explain why traffic offenses are so dangerous,” he says. “We want to focus in a positive way to avoid fines.”
Tips and tricks
An example will make it all clear. When fined for using your smartphone while driving, you will get an explanation of why your behavior is dangerous. And the information sheet will also give you some practical information. In the case of the example, you will get the advice to switch off your mobile phone or to put it in the glove compartment.