05. 01. 2018 13:37
Two hundred and fifty people died on Slovak roads in 2017, which means eight more than in 2016. Even though the number of victims has slightly increased, the Interior ministry claims that the safety on Slovak roads is increasing. According to them, the roads remain safe despite the increasing numbers of cars and drivers. Usually the reason behind car accidents is the lack of concentration by the driver, when he or she uses a mobile phone while behind the steering wheel. To tackle this problem, the Interior Ministry wants to introduce more cameras on the roads.
"Since we have around 23,000 policemen, these cannot stand on every single km of roads, but the cameras can have a positive psychological effect on the drivers, to watch what they are doing," stated the Police Corps president, Tibor Gašpar.
The police imposed almost 685,000 fines last year, raising around 1 million euro less than in 2016. In 2018, traffic fines are not going to increase. According to transport analyst Jozef Drahovský, the fines are already high enough.
"The effect is very small if you fine a very small percentage of drivers with high fines. On the other hand, it is better to introduce controls more often," concludes Drahovský.