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Deadly Roads
July 1, 2009   
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A total of 5,437 people were killed in road accidents in Poland last year, which was the second highest figure in the European Union after Lithuania, according to a report by the European Transport Safety Council. Poland had 143 road deaths per one million residents last year, more than in previous years, according to the report.

A few years ago, EU member states resolved to cut the number of road deaths by half by 2010, and France and a few other countries have already managed to do so.

According to the National Police Headquarters, the main causes of road accidents in Poland are speeding (31 percent), failure to give priority to other vehicles (24 percent) and pedestrians (8 percent) and inept passing (7 percent). Roughly 30 percent of traffic accidents are caused by drivers of company cars even though company cars account for just 5 percent of vehicles registered in Poland, police say.

Drunk driving continues to be a prime cause of road accidents. Over 2,500 people were caught driving under the influence during the long weekend of June 11-14, and experts say this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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