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President signs new Road Act with tougher rules for drivers

President Ivan Gašparovič signed the new Road Act on December 18. The law, which will come into effect in February, will make it compulsory to keep headlights on all year round, ban the use of mobile phones while driving and introduce heftier fines for driving under the influence of alcohol.

President Ivan Gašparovič signed the new Road Act on December 18. The law, which will come into effect in February, will make it compulsory to keep headlights on all year round, ban the use of mobile phones while driving and introduce heftier fines for driving under the influence of alcohol.

"The aim of the new provisions is to improve safety on roads and driver discipline," reads a statement from the Interior Ministry.

The Act decreases the speed limit in villages and towns from 60km/h to 50km/h. Moreover, if the road is covered by snow or ice, drivers will only be allowed to drive if using winter tires. It also obliges cyclists to wear helmets outside villages and towns, where traffic can be expected to be moving faster. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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