633 People Have Lost Their Lives in Car Accidents in Bulgaria in 2017

Commissioner Boyko Ranovski, chief of the "Traffic Police" department of the Ministry of Interior, reported that for the period January 1st - December 4th 633 people have lost their lives in car accidents, another 8082 people have been injured. The total amount of heavy accidents is 6433.

The Commissioner commented that the Traffic Act is one of the most amended laws in Bulgaria. Over 70 times the Parliament has voted for changes on the Act, that was introduced in 1999. Deaths in traffic accidents have dropped by 518 in comparison with 2016. About 99 in 1 million is Bulgaria's car accidents death rate (in 2017). The average European rate is a little over 50 in 1 million, which makes Bulgaria a leader in a rather shameful statistic.

Ranovski reported that 822 492 tickets and official warnings have been issued by traffic patrols for the first 10 months of 2017. In 2016 this number was down by 108 000. 13 663 pairs of license plates have been confiscated by police officers. There have been 22 779 cases of people driving without a license. This category, however, includes people with an expired driver's license, lacking one or owners of a valid license but driving vehicles that don't match their cateogry. Police officers have reported 11 863 cases of DUI. 5 681 of them had more than 1,2‰ of alchocol in their blood. More and more people are caught driving under the influence of drugs, as well. The city that holds the record is Burgas with 379 drivers, caught driving after drug use.

 

(Picture taken from: www.dnevnik.bg)

 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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