4,5% fewer accidents, almost 8% fewer fatalities, a 5% decrease in injuries and a 5% reduction in drink-drivers – these are initial figures In the area of road safety In Poland last year. This optimistic statistics confirmed that police action are effective and leads to reduce traffic events and their consequences.
Fewer accidents and injuries
If we compare the statistics from 2013 with those from 2012 and 2011, we can observe a visible decrease in the number of road accidents, injuries and fatalities. Last year there were 35,385 traffic accidents, 1,681 fewer than in 2012 when there were 37,046 and in 2011 when there were 40,065).
In 2013 the number of deaths was 3,291, a drop of 280 persons compared with 2012. The number of injuries fell to 43,471 persons, which is 2,321 fewer than in 2012.
If we look back to 1991, we see that there were more than 54,000 traffic accidents reported, in which almost 8,000 people died. Police actions directed toward the improvement of road safety are effective, so today those figures are smaller.
“Battle” with drink drivers
Removing drink-drivers from the road is one of the most important priorities among police operations. During last four years the number of controlled drivers increased four-fold; in 2013 there were 8,879,522 breath tests carried out. During 2013, police officers stopped 162,090 drivers over the alcohol limit. In 2011 this figure was 183,488, and in 2012 it was 171,020 drivers.
Reinforcement of traffic division in Polish Police
The Chief of Polish Police took the decision to increase the number of traffic police officers so that they would comprise 10% of all police numbers. The next step is to fill the vacancies, which in turn increases the number of traffic officers to 9,100. This will lead to the highest number of traffic officers on the Polish roads. The improvement of road safety is assisted by buying new equipment for these officers. Last year, traffic divisions were equipped with new unmarked vehicles with video recorders, which are very efficient in dealing with speeding drivers.