Ostrava, February 3, 2024 (PROTEXT) – The police of the Moravian-Silesian Region have informed the motoring public of accident statistics for the year 2023. Unfortunately, the numbers are not very pleasant. However, traffic police officers will read from them which areas they should focus on during their control activities.
Petr Štencel, chief commissioner of the MSK traffic police service department: “From the statistical indicators or results, we will focus on talking devices, so mobile phones, possibly some radios. we have a slight increase here compared to the previous year and overall we recorded over 24 thousand mobile devices. So we will continue to address this, because we consider it to be the main cause of traffic accidents.”
Another area that police officers in the Moravian-Silesian Region will focus on is the control of compliance with speed limits.
Petr Štencel, chief commissioner of the MSK traffic police service department: “Of course, we will continue to focus on excessive speed, but I have to say that the biggest increase is in the case of talking devices out of the numbered offenses or the monitored numbered ones. In terms of speed, we’ve had 18,000 violations here.”
For a long time, police officers have been focusing on vulnerable road users, which are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. In addition to prevention, they will intensify repression, i.e. stricter fines for offences. The reason is the high number of injured, but especially killed, people.
Petr Štencel, chief commissioner of the MSK traffic police service department: “Unfortunately, out of 37 deaths, we have 24 vulnerable participants – 10 pedestrians, then cyclists and motorcyclists. When it comes to risky sections, the most common are mountain areas, where older cyclists flock to today. They have e-bikes, so they ride. This is where consideration is important. Not only the cyclist is to blame. Some call them pumpers, but I think 90 percent of people ride bikes, scooters, so it’s about that mutual consideration between cyclists and vehicles. Extra care should always be taken because we never know what could happen to the cyclist. He can puncture, he can have some health problem and he can fall under the vehicle. Of course, we pay extra attention to pedestrian crossings. It is necessary to anticipate, we can see the pedestrian at the last moment and if we play with the car radio, tune in the stations, we can miss him, the fatal accident is now.”
Motorcyclists are a separate chapter, 9 of whom died on MSK roads last year.
Petr Štencel, chief commissioner of the MSK traffic police service department: “Of course, bikers are such an evergreen in the Moravian-Silesian Region and the Czech Republic. Because we have a lot of motorcycles, extra care must be taken and if they want to test how far the motorcycle can go, or the tilt of the motorcycle, we recommend a safe circuit and certainly not a road, and also in mountainous areas, where for example mining work, surface treatment roadways, trees may be cut down, and the accident will be repaired immediately.”