Drivers Risk Even in Critical Winter Conditions

Vytisknout článek
Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic has recorded astounding data about the behaviour of drivers in recent days of extreme snowing. Failure to adjust speed to climatic conditions and even exceeding of standard speed limits, or failure to keep sufficient distance between vehicles belong among common offences. This ruthless conduct of the drivers causes traffic to collapse, it causes problems to all of us and increases expenses spent by RMD on road maintenance.


On Wednesday, January 4th 2006, Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic carried out a telematic survey in several locations on Motorway D1 and Motorway D2 near Brno and on Expressway R35 near Olomouc. Results of this survey are in many aspects astounding. "This day was one of the worst in terms of quality of weather, visibility and rideability of roads. However, not even such potential dangers will prevent drivers from their wild style of driving. The results of the survey speak for themselves," said Petr Laušman, Managing Director of Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic.

The most alarming facts from January 4th, 2006
72% of trucks exceeded the speed limit (80 kph)
- data (3051 out of 4250) from an observation point on the D1 between Prague and Brno
90 vehicles exceeded the speed of 200 kph
- data (90 out of 12 854) from an observation point on the R35 near Olomouc
26% of vehicles kept closer distance than the critical 2 seconds
- data (13 785 out of 52 568) from an observation point on the D1 near Brno
10% of personal vehicles exceeded the speed limit (130 kph)
- data (2229 out of 22 963) from an observation point on the D1 between Prague and Brno
38% of personal vehicles exceeded the speed of 110 kph in this weather
- data (8786 out of 22 963) from an observation point on the D1 between Prague and Brno

In a weather like this, it is the duty of all drivers to adjust their driving to current climatic and road conditions. "However, 38% of personal vehicles went faster than 110 kph on a wet and freezing road," adds Petr Laušman. Even worse is the failure to keep safe distance from the vehicle in front, which is above 2 seconds (ca 70 metres in the speed of 130 kph). Considering the fact that there is about one second delay before a driver can react, such a vehicle is uncontrollable which leads to accidents. 26% of all vehicles failed to keep this distance in the snowy weather.

Collapses of vehicles weighing several tons, which had several times blocked the D1 at the end of last year, were caused by such factors. "To remove such obstacles in record-breaking two or three hours is the only thing we can do about that. The rest is up to the drivers themselves," concludes Laušman.