The Belgian Road Safety Institute (BIVV) has called on motorists to be extra careful when driving on the country’s roads. The call comes in the wake of a spate of accidents in which two motorcyclists died and several more were injured on Saturday.
Saturday was the first nice spring day of the year. However, the pleasant, bright weather was marred by a number of accidents involving motorcycles. The most serious accident happened in Zingem, between Ghent and Oudenaarde in East Flanders. Two people, a motorcyclist and a 7-year-old child, lost their lives. Eyewitness said that excess speed was to blame. An accident investigation has been launched.
In Lokeren (East Flanders) a motorcyclist was critically injured in a collision with a car. Another motorcyclist was badly injured when he fell from his bike at Hofstade, near Aalst (East Flanders).
The BIVV’s Karin Genoe told VRT News that "The fine weather means that motorcyclists like to go for a run out after not having ridden for several months and it takes some getting used to. In a number of cases motorists has too little control over their bikes. It is not advisable to go straight out onto the public higher, but rather better to practice first on private land”.
Car drivers are also advised to be more careful. “For them it is a case of getting used to motorcyclists that can pop up very quickly”.
"With different kinds of vehicles on the roads it is essential that we pay more attention to each other”, Ms Genoe concludes.