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Czechs drink and drive less than European average

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The share of Czech drivers who drink and drive is almost two-thirds lower than the average in other European countries, according to a poll conducted in 20 countries as part of the international ESRA project, the Transport Research Centre’s Pavlina Skladana has told CTK.

Skladana said she thinks the behaviour of Czech drivers is guided by more frequent police checks for alcohol than in other countries. The poll shows that compared to other European countries on average, the number of police checks for alcohol was double in the Czech Republic in 2018.

The poll results are to form the basis for policy decision-making that will shape the traffic safety strategy at a national as well as an international level.

The poll was conducted on drivers in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

In the Czech Republic, roughly 7 percent of drivers admitted drinking and then driving in 2018, while the average in other European countries was almost 21 percent.

Among Czech bike owners, 10 percent admitted to drinking and driving in 2018, while the European average is 20 percent.

On the other hand, more than 25 percent of Czech drivers said they drove without fastening seat belts on while the European average is 17 percent. On the back seat, 49 percent of Czechs admitted to not using a seat belt, with the European average being 37 percent.

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