17:42 / 24.01.2019.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Government to introduce stricter traffic laws

Car accident (Photo: Vjeran Zganec Rogulja/PIXSELL)

Car accident (Photo: Vjeran Zganec Rogulja/PIXSELL)

Foto: - / Pixsell

Experts and drivers alike are hoping a new law on road safety will finally help to bring an end to troubling statistics that have Croatia near the top of the list of road fatalities per capita in the European Union.

Five people died and thirty-seven were injured in some thirty traffic accidents in only one day this week as winter conditions finally arrived in Croatia.

According to police, the biggest culprit of road deaths in the country is due to speeding, said Josip Mataja, director of the police's road safety unit. In response, police have so far been clamping down on the four most common causes of death: speed, driving under the influence of alcohol, using a mobile device while driving, and not using a safety belt.

The Croatian Automobile Club added that educating drivers was still the best way to keep the country's roads safe.

At the same time, police say stricter fines will come into force for those who talk on mobile devices or write messages while driving, increasing the current fine from 500 to 1,500 kunas per violation. And fines for not wearing a seatbelt - including those riding in the backseat - will be raised from 500 to 1,000 kunas.

Experts agree that individuals who routinely break traffic laws should have their licenses permanently revoked.

The new proposed law on road safety could be presented at during a government cabinet session by this summer.

Source: HRT

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