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Record low number of traffic fatalities in Prague in 2012

21 January 2013

Prague, Jan 18 (CTK) - A total of 26 people died in road accidents in Prague in 2012, the lowest number in the history of the Czech Republic, head of the Prague traffic police Pavel Svrcula told journalists Friday.

Compared with 2011, the number of seriously injured fell as well, Svrcula.

Last year, the Prague police dealt with almost 17,800 accidents, one of the lowest numbers in the past 14 years.

On the other hand, the number of light injuries increased by roughly 50 and the damage was 43 million crowns higher than in 2011.

The police recorded a falling number of accidents caused by pedestrians (30 percent less), Svrcula said.

Bad driving accounted for over 60 percent of causes of road accidents, he added.

The wrong right of way and speeding are also frequent causes of road accidents, Svrcula said.

"The number of traffic accidents in Prague was the third lowest over the past 14 years," Prague police analyst Jan Straka told journalists.

The number of fatalities dipped for a second time under 30, Straka said.

This year, the police want to focus on pedestrian security as the statistics have revealed that on marked crossings there were 30 accidents more than a year ago, Straka said.

Drugs were involved in 21 cases and the police found alcohol in 480 cases.

Last year, the total of 681 deaths on Czech roads was the lowest from 1961 when the police introduced integral statistics.

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