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Bagapsh called road safety the main problem of Abkhazia2009-01-06 17:19
At today's special meeting, devoted to the problem, Bagapsh stated that many people get killed in road accidents. According to the President, the "problem cannot be solved without drastic measures", Alkhas Cholokua, the President's Press Secretary shared.
The participants of the meeting were: Otar Khetsia, the Interior minister of Abkhazia, Leonid Lolua, the head of Abkhazavtodor, representatives of state automobile inspection and road patrol service. Bagapsh ordered to install asphalt ramps. "It will not solve all the problems, but we have no other way ", the President said.
He urged the Interior Ministry to reinforce work of patrolling services and services on point. Bagapsh also regards video monitoring as necessary.
According to the republican Interior Ministry, 187 car accidents were registered in 2008. These accidents caused 73 people dead, 288 injured. One half of the dead were young people aged less than 35. 199 accidents occurred in 2007, 70 dead, 293 injured.
Khetsia, the head of Interior Ministry said that accidents usually occur because of drunken drivers, who exceed speed. 1.971 thousand drunken drivers were caught in 2008. 22.6 thousand violations of rules were detected, fines brought 7 over million rubles. Khetsia believes that when ramps were installed, the number of accidents decreased.
"Artificial obstacles for reckless drivers will be predominantly be installed near schools and other public places. Besides, five new traffic lights were installed in Sokhumi in 2008", Khetsia said after the meeting.
The Interior Ministry intends to make punishments for rules' breakers more severe, he stated. According to Khetsia, the Ministry will turn to the Parliament with a number of suggestions on changing legislation in the part of administrative sanctions. At the same time, he believes that increased number of state automobile inspection officers will decrease the number of road accidents. "Today in Sokhumi only 5-6 officers are working, instead of 46 that must be ", he said.