Luk Alloo (58) walks again every Thursday evening in the wake of the traffic police. For this, the reporter followed the police teams of the Ghent and Sint-Niklaas zones day and night. “The traffic police often struggle with unexpected situations on the road and have to respond to everything. You can’t imagine what happens during their working hours,” says Alloo.
One of the people the police and Alloo encounter is truck driver Victor. He is reprimanded for driving 37 minutes too long, and consequently not respecting his driving and rest times. He tells his life story in the police room. “I have been driving the truck for 20 years. This is only my fourth fine,” he says. “My job is stressful, but I no longer relax by going out. I don’t drink anymore. I used to have a serious accident after a night out. My brother died in an accident. That won’t let me go.”
Waiting Alloo and the traffic police are still waiting: incorrectly parked cars, irritated drivers and speed demons. Such as Johnny, who drives 75 kilometers per hour in zone 50. “I already fled once during a police action. That cost me 800 euros. A crazy reflex,” he admits. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been fined now.”(eadp)