Hundreds of billboards are to be gradually taken down from the country’s highways for safety reasons, the Czech roads authority said on Tuesday. An inspection of the country’s main highways recently revealed that a vast number of billboards had been put up in violation of road safety norms. The first four hundred or more billboards are to disappear in the first quarter of next year. Many of them have been put up illegally, without a permit.
A regional court on Monday handed down one of the toughest sentences ever for dangerous driving in the Czech Republic: five years behind bars. The court found motorist Luboš Lacina guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm when his Skoda Superb forced another car off the road in March. It was only a miracle that no one was killed in the incident.
A young man who tried to stop his neighbor from driving in a state of extreme intoxication paid a high price for his efforts. The drunken neighbor knocked him to the ground and held a knife at his throat as passers-by rushed over to help. Although they managed the pull the drunk off the young man, he lunged at him once again, inflicting a deep leg wound. The attacker could face up to three years in jail.
An elderly couple crossing a busy road in Prague on Saturday morning was hit by a police car on its way to a case. The seventy-five-year old man and his two years younger wife were taken to hospital with serious injuries. It is not yet clear exactly how the accident happened. The officer driving claims he saw the couple at the last moment and went into a spin as he tried to avoid hitting them. The incident is being investigated.
The trial has begun in Prague of a man accused of deliberately forcing another driver off a busy Czech motorway. The car of the alleged victim, which had been travelling at more than 100 km an hour, rolled over several times before hitting a tree. Video footage of the incident shocked many people in the Czech Republic, and has been watched hundreds of thousands of times on the internet.
The regional court in Central Bohemia on Thursday will hold the opening hearing of the case against motorist Luboš Lacina who – in an apparent display of road rage in March - slammed his car into a nearby vehicle on the D1 highway, sending it flying off of the road. The female driver in the second car miraculously survived without serious injury after her Mazda rolled several times before hitting a tree. The entire incident was caught on video. Mr Lacina is accused of attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm which carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison, if found guilty. In his defence, the driver has said he paid a 70,000 crown advance for damage caused, and also said he had called for help following the incident.
Czech police inspectors have arrested a traffic policeman in the Karlovy Vary region who is suspected of abuse of power, bribe taking and embezzlement. The policeman was caught when he levied a fine on a driver who was actually an undercover officer without providing a receipt or making any record of the fine. The arrest was made as part of an operation aimed at uncovering corruption by traffic police in the region.
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