The general director of Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat is very concerned about the increasing aggression road users are showing road inspectors. Three-quarters of road inspectors are confronted with verbal abuse or rude hand gestures almost every day, and so far this year there's been 11 reports of physical violence against road inspectors, general director Michele Blom said to De Telegraaf.
Starting today, it is illegal in the Netherlands to text while cycling. Those caught using their smartphone while on their bicycle, face a fine of 95 euros.
On Friday Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure is launching a large-scale campaign to make everyone aware that texting while cycling is illegal in the Netherlands from Monday. The campaign, with the slogan 'Keep your phone in your pocket' is aimed largely young people as they are most likely to use their smartphone while on bike.
From Monday it is illegal in the Netherlands to use your smartphone while cycling. Those caught texting while biking will face a fine of 95 euros. The goal of this ban is to increase traffic safety by decreasing distractions.
The ban also applies to using mobile devices while operating other types of vehicles, such as cars, scooters, motorcycles, mobility scooters and trams. Drivers caught texting while using a motorized vehicle face a fine of 240 euros.
Motorists are allowed to touch their cellphone while they're driving, but only if it is in a holder. Holding a phone while driving is forbidden, the court in Leeuwarden ruled on Wednesday in a case about a traffic fine, RTL Nieuws reports.
A motorist was fined 230 euros in Sneek for using a mobile phone behind the wheel. The phone was in a hands-free holder. The subdistrict court ruled against the motorist, finding that touching the phone is the same as holding it. But now the court in Leeuwarden ruled differently.
A truck driver that caused a fatal accident at Joure late in 2016, was looking at porn sites on his phone at the time of the accident, was revealed in the trial against the 40-year-old trucker from Mijdrecht on Thursday, AD reports.
The man crashed into a traffic jam at high speed near the Friesland town, killing a 31-year-old man. The Public Prosecutor demanded a prison sentence of 9 months and a license suspension of 3 years, half of which conditionally suspended, against the man.
The Netherland's word of the year is 'appongeluk' - a traffic accident in which at least one of the involved parties were busy on their smartphones, Van Dale announced on Tuesday. Nearly 70 thousand votes were cast for the word of the year. Appongeluk won with 20 percent of the votes.
Second place went to 'fipronilei' - eggs contaminated by toxic pesticide fipronil. And third place went to 'reenboogtaal', referring to gender neutral language, for example when addressing a person.
Dutch politicians want to intensify the fight against texting while driving. The VVD wants the police to always check a smartphone's history after a traffic accident, to see if it was being used during the accident, parliamentarian Remco Dijkstra said to the Telegraaf.
According to the VVD parliamentarian, the police can already check smartphones to see whether a driver had both hands on the wheel, but they rarely do so. The VVD also wants stricter punishments for smartphone use while driving. The party calls for the punishment for this to be the same as for drunk driving.