Police officers in the Vysočina Region conducted a total of investigations from the beginning of this year until the end of August 3,216 traffic accidentswhich represents an increase of four percent – i.e. 110 traffic accidents more than in the same period of 2021.
In this year’s traffic accidents a total of 23 people died, which is a significant increase compared to the same period in 2021. Twenty people died directly in the accident this year, and another three people died as a result of their injuries in a medical facility. Last year, a total of 18 people died on the roads of our region in eight months of the year.
A total of 61 people were seriously injured in traffic accidents this year – this number represents a significant increase of 33 percent – that is, fifteen more seriously injured people than in the same period last year. Another 834 participants were slightly injured – 79 more slightly injured, representing a ten percent increase compared to the same period last year. In a total of 110 cases, police officers found that one of the participants was under the influence of alcohol during the investigation of the traffic accident. The other two drivers were under the influence of other narcotic and psychotropic substances at the time of the traffic accident.
Material damage to crashed vehicles and other property amounted to 208,989,000 crowns. The most common causes of traffic accidents this year include incorrect driving (1,252 accidents), excessive speed (371 accidents), failure to give way (213 accidents) and overtaking (35 accidents). We have seen a very significant increase in the number of traffic accidents that are not the fault of the driver – 1,338 traffic accidents. These are primarily vehicle collisions with forest animals. We documented a total of 1,300 of these accidents in eight months, which represents a total of 40 percent of the total number of traffic accidents.
In eight months of this year, we investigated the circumstances of 124 traffic accidents in which motorcyclists were involved, while in 85 cases motorcyclists were to blame for the traffic accident. Two motorcyclists did not survive the accident, ten were seriously injured and 97 suffered minor injuries. Only fifteen motorcyclists escaped the accident without injury. In seven cases, the police found that the motorcycle driver was under the influence of alcohol.
From January to the end of August, we also document 69 traffic accidents involving pedestrians, and in twenty-six cases the pedestrian was at fault. Three pedestrians died in the accident, nine were seriously injured and 51 escaped the accident with minor injuries. Only six pedestrians were injured in the accident. In four cases, the pedestrians involved in the traffic accident were under the influence of alcohol.
In eight months of this year, we investigated the circumstances of 132 traffic accidents in which cyclists were involved, while in one hundred cases cyclists were to blame for the traffic accident. Three cyclists did not survive the accident, seven were seriously injured and 104 others suffered minor injuries. Only eighteen cyclists escaped the accident without injury. In eighteen cases the police found that the cyclist was under the influence of alcohol. The category “cyclist” also includes a person riding an electric scooter in road traffic, i.e. even in the event of a traffic accident. Accidents involving these road users have been increasing recently. Users of electric scooters must comply with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act and must not forget the mandatory equipment. It is equally important to remember that only one person can ride a scooter, so it is not possible to carry, for example, a small child standing in front of an adult on the scooter.
Cyclists, along with pedestrians, are among the most vulnerable road users, so in the current period we will be focusing on their more frequent checks as part of the normal performance of the service and during extraordinary traffic safety events. The police officers will focus on whether pedestrians use reflective elements in accordance with the Road Traffic Act and whether cyclists have properly equipped bicycles, especially with regard to poorer visibility – later dawn, earlier dusk and more frequent fogs, or rainy weather .
Author: Major JUDr. Dana Čírtková, head of department – press spokesperson