Heat waves in summer played role in increased number of traffic accidents

Heat waves in summer took their toll on Czech motorists leading to an increase in accidents, the head of the country’s traffic police Tomáš Lerch has said. Unusually hot temperatures had a negative effect on drivers, he elaborated, causing tiredness and a lack of concentration. Some 150 people died in traffic accidents in the summer months, some of them in head-on collisions; there was an increase in the number of accidents with multiple fatalities. Meanwhile, 500 people suffered serious injuries. In all, the police registered some 150,000 road accidents over the summer period.

Author: Jan Velinger