Bulgaria: Poor Roads and Lack of Control are the Main Reasons for the Large Number of Accidents
The summer months are the time when traffic on the roads is busier. More people are on the road and cities are filled with tourists. Unfortunately, this is also the time when most accidents occur. For the third consecutive year on June 29 we mark the National Road Safety Day in Bulgaria. The aim is to draw public attention to road safety issues, which are not insignificant. On this day, a number of initiatives are organized in the country, which pass under the motto "On the road, life takes precedence."
According to Diana Rusinova, chairwoman of the European Center for Transport Policies, marking such a day does nothing to reduce the number of accidents.
"Almost nothing has been done about road safety in the last five years. State institutions and politicians do not listen to the opinion of experts," Rusinova explained, adding that experience should be gained from good practices and rules from the European Union.
"In Bulgaria, we have a good regulatory framework regarding road traffic. However, the scary thing is that no one is ready to follow the rules," Rusinova said, pointing out the lack of sufficient control on the roads.
"Why do drivers break the rules in our country, and in Greece, for example, they follow them? They just can't break them there, but here they can, because there is no one to control them and make them obey the law," added Diana Rusinova.
The victims of the road in Bulgaria in 2021 are 98 more than in the previous 2020, said on Radio Varna Dian Draganov, chairman of the Varna branch of the Union of Bulgarian Motorists. He cites data from the Interior Ministry, which show that the number of children who have been victims of an accident has doubled. There is also an increase in the wounded by about 20%.
According to Dian Draganov, in the big cities many so-called "red dots" with a concentration of accidents that need to be addressed.
"One of these nervous points in Varna is the road to the resorts, where accidents often happen. However, I think that Varna is a well-regulated city and if drivers follow the rules, then there will be fewer accidents," Draganov said.
There is also a serious increase in road accidents as a result of talking or texting on the phone, revealed Dian Draganov.
The expert is of the opinion that another main cause of road accidents, apart from the behavior of drivers, is the condition of the road surface.
"The criterion with the condition of the road surface is not reported in any statistics in Bulgaria," Draganov stressed, and also expressed the opinion that there is much to be desired about the work of state institutions in the fight to reduce accidents. According to him, prevention is key in this fight. For several years, the Union of Bulgarian Motorists has been organizing a republican championship in applied cycling for teenagers, the main goal of which is to educate children on safe behavior on the road. A round of this championship was held only a few days ago in Dobrich. Draganov also appealed for more hours of road safety at school.
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