Updates: 21.04.2021 00:11
Prague – In hundreds of places in the Czech Republic, police officers will today check compliance with the maximum permitted speed. The locations were selected by the police on the basis of vote citizens, which took place in February. For the sixth time, police patrols will take part in a Europe-wide security action called the Speed Marathon, with the aim of reducing traffic accidents and increasing the safety and fluidity of traffic.
The police will measure the speed of cars at selected risk points, of which there are approximately 800, throughout today. “The aim is not to detect as many offenses as possible, but to draw attention to the risks that speeding brings, which results in thousands of accidents and dozens of wasted lives every year,” police said.
According to the police, driving speed is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents. Last year, speeding accounted for “only” 16 percent of the number of accidents, but 179 people died. That’s 43 percent killed in accidents caused by car drivers. In the first quarter of this year, 81 people died on the roads in the Czech Republic, of which 32 deaths were caused by excessive speed.
Last year, police checked speed compliance during the Speed Marathon on Friday, August 14. More than 600 police officers were in 900 places at the time, and during an inspection of 5,300 cars, they found 2,281 traffic offenses. About a third of the drivers checked violated the speed limit, in 1740. Drivers were informed in advance about the sites and the whole event, which is organized by Roadpol throughout Europe.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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