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Brussels gradually introducing smart traffic lights to reduce speeding

Traffic lights Brussels - Belga
16:40 12/10/2022

Brussels Region has already set up around 50 smart lights to deter motorists from speeding in the region, according to Brussels Mobility, reports RTBF.

Coupled with a radar placed nearby, these traffic lights automatically turn red if a vehicle is detected speeding.

The pedestrian crossing in front of the municipal school of La Futaie in Watermael-Boitsfort is one place equipped with intelligent traffic lights. Special boxes have been placed on the lights with a sign warning about the system set up a few meters away.

Although many parents had not noticed the new installation, Emilie, who works nearby, spotted the change: "For a week, I have been hearing the squealing of tyres. Motorists are surprised by this light which is triggered quickly to stop in an emergency. I'm got mixed feelings about it because some cars don't have time to brake and continue past."

In Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, two smart lights have been in place since 2019, including in Rue Théodore de Cuyper, known as a risk zone. Mayor Olivier Maingain (Défi) is already convinced of its efficiency. "Since we installed these lights, there have been no more serious accidents at this intersection. The number of offences recorded by the police has also dropped significantly: a few fines for speeding per month."

Costing between €80-90,000 each, the device is expensive. Its use should be targeted, especially since it has two disadvantages, according to road safety institute Vias. “First, it also penalises drivers following those who go too fast,” explains spokesperson Benoit Godart. "Secondly, it has been observed in Flanders that some drivers who drive too fast still cross the red light. Initially, this system must therefore be combined with police checks."

Written by The Bulletin