The vice-president of the Union of Police Officers spoke about the scourge of road accidents and the loss of so many young people in recent weeks because of them.
The vice-president of the Union of Police Officers, Nikos Rigas, spoke on an ERT television show about the scourge of traffic accidents, commenting on the sad statistics with 518 deaths in the first ten months of the year. Both he and the lawyer Evita Varela also referred to the large number of traffic accidents due to the consecutive incidents that took place during the holidays.
“Every year we have around 650 deaths from traffic accidents. The main cause remains impunity. The fines imposed are minimal in relation to the violations of the Road Traffic Code. When there is no fine, there is this indecency. We experience a genocide on the asphalt every day as a country and we see that the genocide is not only carried out on the big national networks or on the country roads. It also happens in big cities and even more so on days when there is less traffic and high speeds or on festive days when people go out, eat, drink and use alcohol. Over the years, the state has not taken seriously the issue of dealing with traffic accidents. We need to change the value behavior of citizens, but this will take one or two generations to be able to achieve results and develop road education, which is needed by schools. All children do mathematics, all will, but not all will become mathematicians, not all will become philologists. But everyone will become a driver. This course should be included from Primary school, even with interactive lessons, even with traffic education parks, so that children learn from a young age how to behave as drivers, but also as pedestrians.”