With rising attention being given to road safety, cases continue to appear of maximum irresponsibility behind the wheel, like the case near Levice last night of a 30-yr old river with no licence smashing into a 63-yr old cyclists, killing her on the spot.
The driver responsible for the fatal accident in Žemberovce in Levice district then refused to take an alcohol test once the police caught up with him, SITA newswire reports. The man apparently took a bend too fast and so didn’t manage to avoid the poor pensioner. The man is being charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence with a five year sentence hanging over his head. Five years for a stolen life, while people are being slammed up behind bars for longer periods for less fatal crimes, raises the question over the justice anchored in the Penal Code.
In another case this morning, a 42-yr old guy speeding through the busy dual carriageway in Dubravka, Bratislava, lost control of his car and smashed into an electricity sub-station. He will hurry no more as his lack of respect for the metal box he was in proved fatal.
Thankfully, the number of road death in Slovakia has been falling in recent years, with just 345 road deaths in 2010, compared to the period from 1999-2009 when the average number of road deaths was over 600. Maybe preparations for driving tests should include videos of some gruesome accidents to make people more aware that the power of an engine doesn’t give them the power to cheat death.