Politics | August 30, 2001, Thursday // 00:00

The traffic control will be tightened, higher fines for violations will be introduced and road accident regulations will be amended Vassil Vassilev, Director of the National Police Service Directorate (NPSD) said after a meeting at the Ministry of Interior. The need for better equipment and the introduction of memory storage controls to make the traffic police work faster was also discussed. A ten-day nationwide public awareness and enforcement campaign with the motto `Buckle Up! Save 200 Lives` was launched to remind drivers and passengers of the importance of safety belts. Statistical data shows that only 3 per cent of people travelling by car use safety belts. The Ministry of Transport is drawing up a traffic safety programme for 2002-2006. The Ministry will propose to make the use of protective accessories for child passengers mandatory and to include safety belts among the elements, which are to be checked during annual technical checks of vehicles.

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