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29 dead, 341 hurt on Polish roads over August long weekend

16.08.2022 13:00
Twenty-nine people were killed and 341 injured in 268 accidents on Polish roads from Friday to Monday, police have said, summing up an extended weekend during which Poles traveled to popular tourist sites, encouraged by fine weather.
Several thousand officers patrolled roads nationwide during this Augusts long weekend in Poland.
Several thousand officers patrolled roads nationwide during this August's long weekend in Poland.Photo: Polska Policja/twitter.com/polskapolicja

Meanwhile, officers stopped more than 1,600 drunk drivers during this year's August long weekend, Mariusz Kurczyk from the National Police Headquarters (KGP) said on Tuesday.

Monday, August 15, was a public holiday in Poland, marking the Catholic Feast of the Assumption and Armed Forces Day.

At the start of this year, stricter traffic rules and tougher fines for drivers took effect in Poland as part of efforts to improve road safety.

Under the new rules, the maximum fine for traffic offenses went up from PLN 5,000 (EUR 1,065, USD 1,080) to PLN 30,000 (EUR 6,400, USD 6,480).

Drivers breaking the speed limit by more than 30 kph now face a fine of no less than PLN 800.


Source: IAR, radioszczecin.pl