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Traffic rules

The traffic rules describe how a road user must act on the public road, which includes obligations but also advice on how to drive sensibly and safely. All road users must know and apply the traffic rules.


Violations

If you do not comply with the traffic rules, you can get a fine. Here you will find an overview of violations and the possible consequences.

Alcohol control

Alcohol and driving a vehicle are a very dangerous combination. Alcohol reduces attention, assessment and reaction capacity. A drunk driver is not only a danger to himself, but also to other road users. That is why the police often organize alcohol checks, alcohol intoxication is measurable and punishable from a certain level.

An alcohol check can be imposed on all drivers, including cyclists and riders. Driving instructors or supervisors can also be checked. Alcohol checks will not be requested from passengers or pedestrians.



Breath test

With a breath test, traces of alcohol are detected by means of a portable device. The driver is asked to blow a breath test for a few seconds. Then the device will give an indication of whether alcohol has been drunk. The result is only an indication and not an exact result. It therefore does not provide any punishable evidence, for which an additional breath analysis or blood test is required.

A person who is asked to do a breath test is entitled to request a 15-minute waiting time once. This waiting time can be important if you drank a glass of alcohol just before the breath test. Usually the policeman will ask if you want to use the waiting time. If the agent does not do that, then you can introduce it yourself.

Resultaat Betekenis
Safe Het alcoholgehalte is onder de wettelijke maximum. Je mag verder rijden.
Alarm Het alcoholgehalte is boven de wettelijke maximum. Je moet een ademanalyse doen, om het exacte resultaat te kennen.
Positief Het alcoholgehalte is boven de wettelijke maximum. Je moet een ademanalyse doen, om het exacte resultaat te kennen.

Breath analysis

In a breath analysis you have to blow into a device that measures the exact alcohol concentration in the exhaled air. The result of the breath analysis is displayed on the screen of the device. This device also prints a ticket with the exact result.

Resultaat Betekenis
Minder dan 0.22 mg/l Het alcoholgehalte is onder de wettelijke maximum. Je mag verder rijden.
Tussen 0.22 mg/l en 0.35 mg/l Rijbewijs voor 3 uur afgeven en je krijgt een geldboete.
0.35 mg/l of meer Rijbewijs voor 6 uur afgeven en krijg je een geldboete.



Blood test

A blood test is taken when a breath test or breath analysis is not possible, for example because the driver has asthma or is too drunk to blow. It is not the police, but a doctor who will take the blood test.



Saliva test

With a saliva test, you are asked to scrape some saliva from the oral cavity with a cotton swab. The amount of drugs present can be detected with the saliva. With a positive saliva test:

  • Lose driving license for 12 hours
  • A new saliva test after 12 hours
  • Immediate withdrawal of the driving license is possible



Penalty

Within the built-up area, in a zone 30, school environment, residential area and yard:

  • Speeding up to 10 km / h: 53 euro
  • Speed exceeding 10 km / h: 53 euro + 11 euro for each additional km/h
On other roads:
  • Speeding up to 10 km / h: 53 euro
  • Speed exceeding 10 km / h: 53 euro + 6 euro for each additional km/h