'Calamity Screens' to stop gawk blocks

The Flemish Parliament has asked the Flemish Government to test so called 'Calamity Screens'. The screens could be pulled up to avoid traffic jams caused by motorists slowing down to look at an accident on the other side of the motorway.

The Calamity Screens should help to prevent rubbernecking and stop traffic jams triggered by drivers' curiosity by hiding an accident for motorists driving on the other side of the motorway.

The parliament argues that the screens are well worth the investment because such traffic jams - known in some parts as gapers' blocks or even gawk blocks - are often dangerous in themselves and can lead to further accidents.

Such screens are already in use in the UK and the Netherlands.

The Flemish Parliament has also asked the government to identify locations where such screens could be useful and to set up a pilot project.