A 25-year-old man from Zoetermeer was the first to appear in court today for violating a new law against “recklessness in traffic“. At the beginning of April, the man drove winding and unnecessarily slow over both lanes of the N470. He also had his phone and a laughing gas balloon in his hands.
Since the beginning of this year, the new law has been in place that allows reckless road users to be punished more severely, even if they have not caused any damage or accidents, for example. Today, the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague demanded six weeks‘ imprisonment and two months’ driving disqualification as punishment.
“A life-threatening situation has arisen as a result of the accused’s behavior,” says the prosecutor. “His behavior was unpredictable, causing others – who were driving harder – to suddenly brake or swerve. That nobody drove another car can be called a small miracle.”
The court will rule in two weeks’ time.
Minister Grapperhaus announced the law two years ago in order to be able to punish traffic crimes more severely. He was “all done” with the fact that drivers put other road users in danger “because they have to append something if necessary”.