Fifteen people died on Czech roads during the first week of summer holidays, which is five less than in the same period last year. The first holiday weekend also saw less road deaths than in 2015, according to preliminary police statistics. According to experts, milder weather conditions might be one of the reasons behind the improvement. Last year's bigger death toll was affected by the exceptionally hot weather, which prevailed throughout most of the summer.
A Czech driver returning with his family from a vacation in Greece, died in the early hours of Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle. The car broke through at the guardrails and the car went off an overpass landing on a road below. The man, in his 40s, reportedly died at the scene. The other passengers - his wife and two children aged 4 and 15 - were not seriously injured. The accident took place near Niš; the news was reported by the Serbian daily Blic.
Nine people were injured when a Czech bus hit a stationary vehicle on the motorway near Dortmund, Germany. Apart from the Czech driver, none of the injured are Czech according to the bus operator, Eurolines. The bus was on the route between London and Berlin with 42 passengers on board, according to the bus company. German police are investigating how the accident happened.
A photographer has for the first time taken a photo of a golden jackal on Czech soil. What’s more, the picture has been taken just outside the Czech capital. According to experts, the animals are migrating from their original habitat in Turkey and the Balkans and their sightings in the Czech Republic have become increasingly more common.
Forty-one people died on Czech roads over the month of April, two fewer than the same period last year, ČTK confirmed; 149 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic since the beginning of the year. That is fewer by eleven than the same period in 2015. The head of the traffic police, Tomáš Lerch, told the Czech News Agency that the lower number of fatalities may have been influenced by a colder Spring than usual, as there were fewer motorcyclists and cyclists on the road; the two belong to the highest-risk group when it comes to road accidents.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has dismissed Karel Kadlec from the police force after he rammed 51 parked cars with his SUV while in a state of inebriation in Prague earlier this month. The 46-year-old is being investigated by the police’s internal affairs unit and could face three years in prison if found guilty of endangerment under the influence. Mr. Kadlec apologised for the damage caused and offered to pay compensation.
One-time Czech prime minister Josef Tošovský caused a motor accident near the US city of Washington a week and a half ago, the news website Aktualne.cz reported. Mr. Tošovský, who headed a caretaker cabinet for six months in the latter half of the 1990s, is facing reckless driving charges after his Ferrari crashed into three cars on the Georgetown Pike in Virginia. A passenger in his car and two people in the other vehicles suffered minor injuries. The news was confirmed by the Financial Stability Institute in Basel, which the 65-year-old banker heads.
The police officer who went on a car-smashing spree in Prague’s Vinohrady district after getting drunk has apologized for his behavior and promised to cover the 2 million crown damages incurred. The 46-year-old officer and former instructor at the police academy crashed 51 cars parked along Prague’s Vinohradská street, ramming one vehicle after another with his SUV. Tests revealed more than one per mille of alcohol in his blood. It later emerged that he was uninsured.
More than two million crowns is the tally in damage so far caused by a police officer who crashed into 51 cars in Prague’s Vinohrady district this week. Karel Kadlec, a 46-year-old officer and former instructor at the police academy, is suspected of having deliberately rammed the vehicles after he had been drinking; tests revealed more than one per mille of alcohol in his blood.