Road works safety: two in three Belgians ‘forget’ to slow down
Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), just introduced a new campaign for drivers to reduce speed when approaching road works. “Traffic safety is a top priority for me,” she says. Inattention and speeding often cause accidents in the immediate surroundings of the works.
“In 2019, we registered seven fatalities and 454 accidents with injured people during road works in Flanders,” Minister Peeters explains. Recent figures from traffic safety institute Vias indicate the two in three Belgian drivers ‘forget’ to slow down when approaching road works. The minister, therefore, wants to call on drivers to be more careful.
Short and clear messages
The campaign will use six different and colorful billboards along the highway, advertising a short and clear message like: “Road works? Slow down, please” or “Road works? Keep your eyes on the road”.
All parties involved, AWV, the Agency for Roads and Traffic, and the police, among others, have put a great effort into improving traffic safety. Together, they decide which measures should be taken to improve safety for workers and road users. These measures include ‘super-speed traps’, mobile trajectory speed cameras, manned police controls, and traffic restraining adjustments.
According to the minister, every road project is different, and traffic signs need to be tailor-made. “But finally, it’s the driver who has to be alert and adapt his driving behavior and speed. Every driver is responsible for himself, construction workers, and other road users.”
The billboards will be installed end of June and will remain in place for one month. More information about the campaign will be communicated simultaneously on social media.