In July and August the Czech police investigated almost 18,000 traffic
accidents in which 119 people lost their lives. While the number of road
deaths was 18 higher than in summer 2017, the general trend is declining
and this year’s numbers were the second lowest since 1990, the police
said on Thursday.
Unlike deaths, accident numbers have been constantly rising for several years, not just in summer but all year round. Police attribute the trend to a rise in vehicle numbers and heavier traffic.
The number of road deaths in the Czech Republic in July and August was
one-fifth higher than in the same period last year. While 101 people died
on the roads in the holiday months of 2017 this year the figure was 121.
The director of the country’s traffic police, Tomáš Lerch, said the unusually hot weather was definitely one factor behind the increase, Czech Television reported.
A large number of motorcyclists and cyclists took to the roads in the summer and such road users accounted for over a third of all deaths in August.
Fatal auto accidents were caused in many cases by tiredness and a lack of attentiveness, the police said.
Cheaper train and bus fares for people under 26 and over 65 were introduced
in the Czech Republic on Saturday. They will now have to pay just a quarter
the price of regular tickets.
The move represents the fulfilment of one of the promises made by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s ANO party in pre-election campaigning. It will cost the state up to CZK 6 billion crowns, though no precise estimate can be made, iDnes.cz reported.
The news website said Czech Railways had set aside 50 extra carriages with a capacity of 4,000 seats in case there were a sudden spike in traveller numbers.
Work is about to begin on the renovation of a famous interwar express train
known as the Slovak Arrow. A dilapidated model that stood for years in
front of the Tatra museum in Kopřivnice in the Moravian Silesian Region
has been transported to Hranice in the Olomouc Region, where it will be
completely renovated at a cost of CZK 35 million over two years.
The train will then return to Kopřivnice where it will be installed at a new museum of Tatra cars in a former foundry. It will stand on tracks and be put into operation on special occasions.
Introduced in 1936, the Slovak Arrow ran on the line between Bratislava and Prague as the flagship train of Czechoslovak Railways.
Approximately 100 passengers arriving at Václav Havel Airport Prague on
Sunday morning were evacuated from the plane by slides due to a suspected
fire. No one was injured, airport spokesperson Marika Janoušková said.
Tunisia is a popular foreign destination among Czech tourists. The incoming Tunisair flight had departed from Monastir, a coastal city in the Sahel area.
Boeing’s gigantic 787 Dreamliner is set to launch regular service from Václav Havel Airport Prague. The Dreamliner, which has a capacity for 254 passengers, will be deployed by Qatari Airways on the route from Prague to Doha as of October 28, Prague’s Václav Havel Airport informed in a press release on Monday.
Several dozen people gathered at Studenka ,the site of one of the worst
rail accidents on Czech territory in 2008, to pay homage to the victims and
express their dissatisfaction with the fact that no one has been held
accountable for the tragedy.
Ten years ago today, a bridge undergoing reconstruction unexpectedly collapsed onto the tracks and minutes later an international express train ploughed into the debris. Eight people died in the accident and 95 were injured.
The courts have dealt with the case for nine years now and all those charged have so far been cleared because there was not sufficient proof they were responsible for the tragedy through negligence or otherwise.