Traffic policing measures beginning to yield results

Citizens? Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis yesterday presented a report to Parliament suggesting that intensified patrols along the Patra-Corinth national highway, notorious for traffic accidents, are beginning to pay off.

According to the report, the number of accidents that resulted in fatalities along the stretch dropped in 2010 to eight accidents claiming the lives of 11 victims, compared to 21 accidents and 32 deaths in 2009.

Meanwhile, a study by the National Technical University of Athens published yesterday also noted a 34.3 percent drop in serious traffic code violations in 2010, including failure to wear a helmet, by motorcyclists on Greek roads compared to 2009. However, the report warned that one-third of traffic accidents in Greece involve motorcycles, while 25 percent of motorcyclists do not wear helmets. It also said that 80 percent of fatalities resulting from motorcycles accidents are due to head injuries.

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