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Voetgangersbeweging in agony after fatal accident in Koekelberg: How many victims must there still come?
It is high time that there is more invested in voetgangersvoorzieningen. That says, the Voetgangersbeweging today, after Sunday in Koekelberg, a 30-year-old woman was killed in an accident. The culprit was a few hours later again on free feet. “The Voetgangersbeweging can this state of affairs does not accept and expect of our government and the court a much louder signal”, it sounds.

The accident happened yesterday on the Jetselaan in Koekelberg. The 30-year-old Dariana Palcau came out of the Elizabethpark and wanted to cross the street via the crosswalk. Two cars stopped for the woman to leave, but a third crossed the waiting vehicles pass by on the bike path. He drove the woman, making them ten or twenty meters was blown off, according to the spokesman of the police zone Brussels-West. She died on the spot. the

The 19-year-old driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He had, however, only a provisional licence, that for fifteen days is repealed. He was yesterday after a few hours released, and was allegedly heavily under the impression of the facts.

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The Voetgangersbeweging is not to speak about the state of affairs. “If you're on the way to a fatal accident caused, it is not a mitigating circumstance that you're not under the influence or that you do not earlier have an accident. That you afflicted are, would there still must be absence, you have one of the life deprived”, says managing director Tom Dhollander. the

According to the association to the government and the court have a stronger signal, and it is high time that more explicitly invested in voetgangersvoorzieningen. “There are still politicians who, under the guise of freedom, bullying, or patronizing any action to contest the place of the car in our society to the tyres. Whether it is about the parkeeraanbod, speed limits or road pricing, the car gets one not. That therefore a lot of others their freedom, even their life, decreases, under the carpet swept.”

How many victims must there fall to politics and justice to shake up?

Investing in voetgangersvriendelijke infrastructure and public space leads to less accidents and is an added value for the society as a whole, the organization. “Belgium is the second most dangerous European country for pedestrians. One in four deaths in road in Flanders is a pedestrian or cyclist. And yet it seems that message but fails to penetrate. How many victims must there fall to politics and justice to wake up?”, thus Dhollander.

Bollards on bike path

Soon there will be extra measures taken to make the intersection safer. “One concrete measure is that we have the intersection will be secure on the bike path. There are posts to this stake and at the intersection itself will be a few parking spaces to snag. The crosswalk for pedestrians is shortened. That instructions be given today”, says Mathias dobbels-canters, the spokesman of minister Smet.

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