‘Alcolock far too expensive for some’
Since July 2018, drivers being caught with 0,18 percent alcohol in their blood are forced to install an alcolock. Police court judges are worried about this measure because, for some people, the device is far too expensive (4.000 euros).
In that case, they have to refuse the alcolock, which also means they will automatically get a more extended driving ban, and this might endanger their jobs. “It’s unfair and socially unacceptable compared to other people who can afford the alcolock and can keep on driving,” says Brussels police court judge, Johan Van Laethem. Van Laethem pleads for social guidance and a contribution of the fund for traffic safety.
The Ghent police court judge, Christian Vanhoorebeke, agrees with his Brussels colleague. He thinks the government has underestimated the price of an alcolock. “Sometimes people can hardly pay a 50 euro fine, not to mention the alcolock.”
Earlier, police court judges criticized the system for not being watertight. Often, alcohol addicts accept the alcolock and then start using their wife’s car.
Minister of Mobility, François Bellot (MR), emphasizes that the strict regulation fits in the fight against road hogs and recidivists. Figures show that still too many people drive loaded.