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Commenting article: Bulgaria's World Skating Champ Staviiski Kills 1 in Drunk-Driving Crash

Bulgaria's world ice skating champion Maxim Staviiski, who survived a car crash on Sunday night, has actually caused it by drunk driving.

This resulted in the death of one man Petar Petrov, 24. Another young woman, who was travelling in the same car as Petrov, is in coma. Two other people, who were involved in the chain crash, were seriously injured.
CJB - 6 Aug 2007 // 09:27:57

Has he been arrested yet?

Al - 6 Aug 2007 // 09:37:38

We often try to explain to our big son, who lives in Bulgaria, that speeding and drunk driving kills. He understands the message, but also says: "Argh, this is Bulgaria. You just pay 10 leva, when the police stop you.". When the guys supposed to enforce the traffic rules and regulations are out of control, the crime is also out of control. The war on wheels will continue as long as corrupt police officers are supporting it for their own benefit. Shame on them. Furthermore, there seems to be no one "guarding the guards". Shame on the Ministry of Interior. Your lack of action cost lives on a daily basis.

Now, please don't take the above statements as a foreigner trying to exploit a very sad event in order to throw trash at Bulgaria. I spend a lot of time here, and I love it. But there are things, I just cannot accept. Unfortunately, many Bulgarians are still afraid of "the system" and its representatives. Or they just don't care about the situation?

denis - 6 Aug 2007 // 10:15:31

Causing a death whilst driving under the influence of alcohol would be punished in most EU countries by means of a prison sentence or not least suspension of the driving license for life.
Let's see what happens here.

CreepyS - 6 Aug 2007 // 10:34:26

poor maxim - sofia auto should gift him a flat in sofia instead of a jeep.

plamenski - 6 Aug 2007 // 11:15:51

Anyone driving such a ridiculous cars
goes in my list of little boys/girls:
"Urgently needing pen!s/clitoris enlargement"!

Whereas a person driving this thing
while under influence of alcohol
goes directly in the golden list of idiots:
"It is not my fault, God created me stupid!"

Taro - 6 Aug 2007 // 12:00:46

A Hummer might be the adequate vehicle to drive through Bagdad, but in other countries it is just a menace to ordinary drivers who can only afford a small car. Not talking about the danger for pedestrians and children running suprisingly on the street.

And last but not least, the consumption of those cars are not acceptable anymore in times of climate change. The summer 2007 in Bg is a proof of that.

Traffic on the streets in Bg are like a war zone, everybody against everybody, the cars are the weapons, the bigger the better and the referees do not even care.

In this cirumstances I can not understand the unwilling to put a security belt not only on the front seats but also on the backseats.

LetВґs see what will be the outcome of this ride.


CreepyS - 6 Aug 2007 // 12:21:42


Right, wearing seat belts (front and back) is the absolute minimum to decrease a bit the Iraqi, pardon, Bulgarian death toll on the roads.

Next, when the driver is drunk (i dont expect the bg drivers to get any better or stop drinking anytime soon) he or she must drive with lower than usual speed that allows some control on the vehicle. that applies to non-drunk drivers too, of course.

finally, people have interest to buy medium size vehicles with airbags if they want to have better chances to stay alive on bg roads.

CreepyS - 6 Aug 2007 // 12:28:13


such things happen - im sure he is very sorry about what happened and maybe wont do such things again, but unfortunately its too late now - he learned by doing a big mistake and will have to take the consequences of it.

Taro - 6 Aug 2007 // 12:55:59

Now he has to live with the consequences that from his mistake somebody lost his life. Whether he will be punished hardly or not. And that other drivers will think twice the next time they want to drink their rakia and drive afterwards.

LetВґs hope that the girl will recover from coma...


Dutch - 6 Aug 2007 // 14:26:41

"And that other drivers will think twice the next time they want to drink their rakia and drive afterwards."

That is only wishful thinking. Drivers here in Bulgaria can only be changed if the fines will be set very high and, more importantly, enforced without any exception (so no mafia, city council, police privileges).

Kolega - 6 Aug 2007 // 19:21:49

"I spend a lot of time here, and I love it. But there are things, I just cannot accept."

There is always something Al.
If there was a perfect place, we'd all wanna be there, and it's "perfect" statute will last 3 minutes exactly.

I just came back to San Fran, where everyone is very polite, drives "nicely" but is also butt-ugly, fat and Asian....
20 people commented on my $80 shoes from Bulgaria already:"cool shoes"! ... not from Wall-Mart I guess"
It feels like that song "Back in the USSR".

BTW drunk drivers kill everywhere.
Don't use facts to justify your feelings about BG.

just me - 6 Aug 2007 // 20:08:57

Dearest Kolega,
I don't usually like to correct people, but instead of "butt-ugly, fat and Asian...." I think you meant "butt-ugly, fat OR Asian...." or maybe even "butt-ugly, fat AND/OR Asian...."?

That way you can include as many people as possible in your insult. Wouldn't you hate to leave out the Mexicans, the gays, or any of the other "Americans" living in the area? ;)

jm :)

kenney - 7 Aug 2007 // 06:05:47

Prisoners all over bulgaria are praying he goes to jail, it's so hard to get a blonde.

bradlyjhill - 3 Jan 2008 // 04:48:23

yes please

resipsaloquitur - 6 Jan 2008 // 18:27:42

I was in the car of a friend in Cyprus and she received a call on her mobile phone.

She answered it and immediately she was stoped by the Police and got a fine for
50 Cyprus Pounds,which is more than $100,-

She had either to pay cash or by check,otherwise she was not allowed to continue driving.

The policemen are NOT corrupt because they get about 700-800 CYP per month.

The Bulgarian police men are paid so miserably that the only way to support their families,is to take bribes.

The Bulgarian Government ought to increase the salaries of the civil servants.

The other way to avoid corruption is to file criminal charges against perpetrators.

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