Czech road accidents claimed 583 lives in 2013 - police


09.01.2014 15:20

Prague - The accidents on Czech roads claimed 583 lives in 2013, which is 98 fewer than in 2012 and the lowest figure since 1961, and the total damage incurred is put at five billion crowns, traffic police chief Tomas Lerch told CTK today.


Nehoda motocyklu. Ilustrační foto. ČTK HZS Moravskoslezského kraje

The number of road accident fatalities in the Czech Republic for the first time dropped under 600 last year, he added.

Lerch said he would like the annual death toll on Czech roads to decrease under 550.

The number of seriously injured victims of road accidents dropped by almost 7 percent year-on-year and it has been the lowest since 1990.

Last year the police registered 85,000 road accidents in the Czech Republic in which over 2700 people suffered serious injuries and 22,500 were lightly wounded.

The most frequent accident causes were speeding, which was behind the highest number of fatalities, and the drivers´ distraction.

The police registered a decreased death toll in nine of 12 months in 2013, while in February, July and December it increased, on the contrary.

No one died on Czech roads on 83 days of 2013, while road accidents claimed seven lives on each of two days of the year.

Lerch today also complained that the number of people driving under the influence of drugs was rising.

He at the same time welcomed that the number of drunk driving cases was decreasing.

Yet the level of alcohol measured in some drivers´ blood is alarming, he said.

"In two-thirds of the accidents caused by drunk driving, over one per mille of alcohol in blood was measured," he pointed out.

The most tragic year in terms of road accidents was 1969 when 1758 died in them, followed by 1994 (1473).

Since 2007, when road accidents claimed 1123 lives, the death toll has been decreasing.

The aim of the National Road Safety Strategy is to lower the death toll on Czech roads to maximally one fatality a day by 2020.

($1=20.216 crowns)

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