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Poland plans road safety drive

30.10.2019 07:30
Poland’s prime minister has said his government will launch a major drive to improve safety on the country’s notoriously dangerous roads.
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“A comprehensive plan to radically improve road safety will be one of the government's priorities in its new term in office," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced.

In a post on social media on Tuesday, Morawiecki appealed to both drivers and pedestrians to take extra care at pedestrian crossings. “Respect each other and obey the rules,” he added.

Traffic increases in Poland in the run-up to All Saints' Day on November 1 and All Souls' Day on November 2.

On those days, Poles traditionally flock to family graves to lay wreaths and light candles. Many travel hundreds of miles to cemeteries in their home towns.

Around 2,800 people died and 11,000 were severely injured in road accidents in Poland in 2017, putting the country close to the bottom of a European Union ranking on road safety.

Experts cited by the Rzeczpospolita daily last year said that among the reasons for Poland’s grim accident statistics are sub-standard road safety education, inadequate training at driving schools, and a growing number of high-speed roads that Poles are not accustomed to.


Source: PAP