Road safety Road safety

  • Ensuring optimal safety on motorways and similar roads remains a daily challenge for the members of the Federal Highway Police.
  • The number of traffic offences recorded rose sharply in 2019.
  • Making offenders — and potential offenders — aware of the possible dramatic consequences of inappropriate driving behaviour (speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, using a mobile phone without hands-free kit, incorrect use of seat belts and child seats) remains a priority.


Speeding offences detected by speed radars and cameras

Speeding violations processed by the so-called regional processing centres (CRT's/GVC's) and technical sections of the Federal Highway Police.
Speeding violations processed by the so-called regional processing centres (CRT's/GVC's) and technical sections of the Federal Highway Police.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs

Number of breath tests performed: 244 521
Number of breath tests performed
Number of alcohol-related offences recorded: 3 960
Number of alcohol-related offences recorded*
Number of drug-related offences recorded** : 384
Number of drug-related offences recorded

* Alert + positive + refusal + possible blood tests

Conduite sous influence d'alcool et de drogues

Belt and child seat

Offences : 5 684
Offences

The use of a mobile phone while driving

Offences : 11 840
Offences

Heavy goods vehicles

Number of offences recorded in connection with tachograph fraud : 2 034
Number of offences recorded in connection with tachograph fraud
Number of offences recorded in relation to driving and rest periods : 938
Number of offences recorded in relation to driving and rest periods
Poids lourds

Large-scale actions



Number of fatal accidents and accidents with injuries reported on motorways and similar roads by the Federal Highway Police

  2018 2019
Accidents with injuries* 3 122 3 095
Fatal accidents* 94 99
Fatalities 100 105
Seriously injured victims 361 384
Minor injuries* 4 403 4 164

* During an accident, several persons can get seriously or slightly injured. The same holds for fatal accidents.

Success story

VIP escorts and European summits

The Federal Police contributes to maintaining order and security at European summits and other events. In addition to the involvement of several entities and directorates, including the Directorate of Protection (DAP), the Federal Highway Police provides escorts for Heads of State, Heads of Government and other VIPs.

In 2019, there were eight European summits (including four for the Brexit) and four other extraordinary events: the "EU-Eastern Partnership" ministerial summit, a large-scale VIP event organised by the US Ambassador, the "EEAS-Balkan" meeting, and the commemorations related to the Battle of the Bulge. These events required the commitment of considerable forces and important organisational and coordination efforts.

In 2019, the Federal Highway Police worked 32 888 hours during escort missions (compared to 46 230 hours in 2018).

Besides these large-scale events with the presence of many VIPs requiring several police escorts, Belgium received the "one-day visits" of 155 VIPs from 68 different countries, who were protected and escorted by the Federal Highway Police. The average duration of these missions was 2 days, for a total of 313 "one-day" VIP escorts.

VIP escorts and European summits