25% of Flemish drivers don’t always respect speed limits
Nine out of ten Flemish car drivers are convinced that speed limits are useful, still, one-quarter of them does not consistently respect them. Especially male drivers younger than 45 often are speed merchants. That is what an online survey by the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Science (Vlaamse Stichting Verkeerskunde, VSV) discovered. The survey interrogated 735 Flemish drivers aged between 18 and 65.
Research shows that Flemish drivers better respect the speed limits in school surroundings (78%) and in built-up areas (77%). Those who don’t respect the limits in the first place have the impression of losing time. Half of those who’re quite indifferent on roads with a 70 km/hour limit agree with that. Only 20% of those saying they always respect the limits have the same feeling.
Many Flemish drivers – 44% of those who don’t always mind the limits – claim they often ‘forget’ to watch the limits. Of those who say they always respect the limits, this part is only 11%.
Those who respect the speed limits more often find them justified than those who don’t mind them. Especially drivers from West Flanders and Limburg don’t always find the 70 km/hour limits justified. Still, half of all interrogated drivers admit there should be more controls on Flemish roads, especially in their own street.
The VSV, therefore, plans to introduce a new campaign about maladjusted speed until December 6th. In the new campaign, VSV intends to emphasize that a speed limit is, first of all, a safety limit.