New rule on mobile phone use comes into effect: 15 drivers lose driving license for 15 days in Tongeren (Tongeren)

New rule on mobile phone use comes into effect: 15 drivers lose driving license for 15 days in Tongeren (Tongeren)
New rule on mobile phone use comes into effect: 15 drivers lose driving license for 15 days in Tongeren (Tongeren)
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Tongeren

The new, stricter rule regarding mobile phone use has already been fully applied in Tongeren in recent days. 15 drivers immediately lost their driving license for 15 days.

Since Thursday, your driver’s license will be revoked for 15 days if you use your mobile phone while driving. With this new, stricter punishment, the Limburg public prosecutor’s office wants to tackle this form of distraction harder. “Because it is one of the killers in traffic,” said Pieter Strauven of the Limburg public prosecutor’s office.

During an action organized by the Tongeren-Hersstappe police on Thursday and Friday, a number of drivers were immediately introduced to the new rule up close. 15 drivers were on their mobile phones and had to immediately surrender their driving license for 15 days. They will also be fined.

Driving ban and drugs

An unregistered and uninsured vehicle was also seized during the operation. One driver was under the influence of cannabis and driving an uninsured vehicle. Ultimately it turned out that he also had a driving ban. His vehicle was towed. He won’t be able to get it back until his driving ban expires.

The police also found several violations, including for a prohibited weapon. When an ambulance for non-urgent patient transport was checked, it turned out that the driver had not yet taken his recovery exams after a driving ban. The ambulance was towed and immobilized.

On Friday, the police were also supported by the FPS Customs and Excise. They collected two fines of 577 and 740 euros and caught a driver with red diesel, who had to pay 500 euros.

The article is in Dutch

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