The number of car accidents in Slovakia dropped by 50 percent to 2,869 over the first six months of 2009, Police Corps president Ján Packa said at a press conference on August 4.
According to Packa, the number of deaths in car accidents fell by 47 in the first half of the year, with 178 deaths in total during the period, the TASR newswire wrote. Packa cited the tough new Road Act, introduced in February, as the main reason for the change. In tandem with the new act, the traffic police force was been increased by around 1,200 officers. He admitted, however, that problems with drunk driving, speeding, violations of rights of way and the technical condition of cars remain. Drunk driving is quite a frequent traffic offence: 5,501 drivers and 982 cyclists were caught driving drunk. Police seized 8,818 driving licences, 5,562 vehicle registration certificates and 797 number plates in the six-month period, the SITA newswire reported. Packa concluded that roads in Slovakia are now safer than at any time in the past 19 years.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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