Road deaths between January and September lowest since 1989

Between January and September this year, 543 people were killed on Czech roads, which is the lowest number since the fall of communism, the police headquarters said on Friday. Compared to the same period last year, 59 fewer people died in road crashes. However, the number of traffic accidents rose to just over 55,000 in the first nine months of this year. Drivers under the influence caused over 3,700 accidents, in which 66 people died. So far, the worst month this year was July with 104 victims. The head of the Czech traffic police, Leoš Tržil, however warned of excessive optimism, saying the statistics could significantly worsen before the year’s end.

Author: Jan Richter