680 People Became Victims of Road Accidents in Bulgaria in 2015

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Bulgaria: 680 People Became Victims of Road Accidents in Bulgaria in 2015 The Vitinya tunnel on Hemus motorway was the site of a multiple-vehicle collision in October, which claimed the lives of three people and left tens injured. Photo: BGNES

Road accidents in Bulgaria claimed the lives of 680 people in 2015, with the number of victims increasing compared to 2014.

The negative trend for the number of victims to increase with each successive year has been sustained for the third consecutive year, Darik radio informs.

The latest figures of traffic police for the end of last year show that 7296 road accidents occurred last year, in which 8946 people were injured.

Among the problems responsible for the increase in the number of victims are: the lack of coordination between state bodies; outdated legislation; absence of system for funding of road safety campaigns and events.

These problems, particularly the legislation dating back to 1969, contribute to a lower collection rate of fines.

Road violators often avoid paying fines, which creates a sense of lawlessness and fuels their arrogance.

The Bulgarian Association of Victims in Car Accidents calls for taking off licence plates of violators, who refuse to pay fines for being caught to exceed the speed limit by more than 50 km/h or drink driving.

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