Club news: Impatient drivers blocking Belgian intersections, reports Touring
Publication date: 15 July 2016
Touring Club Belgium (TCB) performed a field survey and found that 6 out of 10 times the busiest intersections get blocked by impatient drivers trying to get through the intersection.
Drivers are entering the intersection and getting stuck in the queue in the middle of the intersection when the light turns red. According to TCB, it irritates not only motorists who are in the transverse position and get stuck at their green light, but it is also a behaviour that leads to more congestion and pollution.
The survey was conducted at 15 busy intersections of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Charleroi and Namur. For each city, a busy intersection was chosen, where it was counted how many times, in the span of 15 minutes, the intersection was blocked by impatient drivers, taking into account the number of traffic signal phases (the number of times the light changed green and red in the main direction). The results are revealing. On intersection was blocked 10 times, i.e. every time the light changed, while it was being observed.
Touring calls on motorists to have more courtesy and foresight, thinking ahead and making better choices in traffic. According to Touring, a good solution would be the addition of a painted yellow grid over the entire intersection, coupled with a signs by the traffic lights reminding drivers not to enter the intersection unless there is enough space to cross it entirely.