Drop in traffic accident deaths, Serbian minister says

NEWS 23.07.2018 14:36
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Source: Tanjug / Dimitrije Goll

The number of deaths in traffic accidents has dropped by 11.5 percent since the start of the year compared to the same period of 2017, Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told Monday’s meeting on traffic safety with local officials from across the country.

Speaking at the meeting organized by the Traffic Safety Agency, the minister warned that alcohol and speeding were the biggest problems in traffic, adding that more than 150 people were given prison sentences for driving while intoxicated.  

Stefanovic said that the police intend to put up a large number of high-resolution cameras along roads and bring in better-trained traffic police officers.  

The minister said the police has devoted major attention to prevention through training for elementary school pupils, among other things. “If the youngest among us realize that they have to wear seat belts, we won’t have anyone complaining about seat belts in 10-15 years,” he said.  

Local authorities get 30 percent of the fines paid on their territory, the minister recalled and said that this money has to be used only to upgrade traffic safety.