Unlike the member states of the European Union, and many other countries, pedestrians don't have priority on pedestrian crossings in the Czech Republic. But a law passed by the lower house of parliament on Thursday aims to change all that. If the law is approved by the Senate, then as of January 1st 2001, Czech drivers will be obliged to stop at pedestrian crossings. Nick Carey has the story.
It is a very common complaint in the Czech Republic that drivers don't stop at pedestrian crossings. The reason is simple: they are not obliged to do so by law. The new law passed by the lower house on Thursday is meant to bring Czech traffic legislation in line with EU norms. According to the law, as of the beginning of 2001, if a pedestrian stands at a crossing and clearly indicates that they wish to cross the road, drivers will have to stop. Which, as I found out earlier this morning, is not the case now:
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