For several years in a row, Brno has been named the most dangerous place in the country, according to a survey by Česká Possovna. This is no coincidence, as the data released by the city police show. Cars are rarely towed from sidewalks or crosswalks. Police do not deal with dangerous pedestrians at intersections. Velocity measurements showed a dramatic drop. Politicians don’t talk about the dead, and they don’t charge the police. The police’s bizarre behavior of advising people in pedestrian zones not to wear headphones to avoid being run over by a car is the biggest possible one. The pedestrian zone itself is permanently overwhelmed by cars.

You don’t have to have dead people on the road. It is purely a matter of political decisions. All you have to do is want. But in Brno nobody wants that.

Six people died on the roads of Brno in 2021, according to police statistics. A year ago there were 15. But the numbers only partially reflect reality. Almost 100 people are hospitalized with serious injuries each year, and about 1 in 10 of them die in hospital. However, if you do not die within 24 hours after the accident, it will not be included in police statistics.

At the same time, a growing number of European cities have completely eliminated dangerous accidents through targeted policies. Somewhere, people’s health and lives are the real priority. Unfortunately, he is not in Brno, which has long been one of the most dangerous provincial cities. At the same time, rankings are not static. Most cities, except Pilsen, have seen significant improvements in recent years. Not in Brno. In his ten years, the number of fatalities and serious injuries from car crashes has halved in Prague, and in Hradec he Kralove he has fallen by a third, while in Brno it is still the same.

The most frequent victims of serious accidents in Brno are pedestrians and cyclists, vulnerable road users. They are involved in only one-tenth of his accidents, but account for his 60% of fatalities and serious injuries. However, most accidents happen during the day and when alcohol is involved, it’s usually on the driver’s side of the car. As such, there are no drunk pedestrians prowling Brno at night. Serious and fatal accidents often occur on highways such as Uvos Street and Bidenska Street. All cities have such streets and roads, but few allow people to die there. We can provide sidewalks. In Brno, politicians, officials and police don’t care.

An example is the reconstruction of Uvoz Street without bike paths and pedestrian crossings, and the completely modern reconstruction of Stefanikova. cityThe original design included wide sidewalks and bike paths. However, politicians have narrowed the sidewalks and removed bike paths from the proposal to allow more parking spaces for cars. So the situation in Brno has not improved and probably will not.

the number of cars is increasing rapidly

The deaths and injuries are the result of the continued inaction of all responsible politicians, officials and police who have long overlooked and ignored the dangers to pedestrians. State and city police register fewer and fewer crimes, the fifth drop from 2018 to 2021, according to data. The decline is even more dramatic for tow trucks from locations where parking is not allowed. From 2015 he has reduced the number of towing by half during 2019, and from 2019 he has decreased by another third during 2021.

When there are cars around the crosswalk and you can’t see the road, it’s almost no longer towed. The city police just look away. In 2015, police officers ordered him to be towed 1,085 times for parking at intersections, in 2019 he ordered 347, and last year he ordered tows 68. A similar trend was seen for tow trucks for parking at intersections, where he dropped from 478 to 211 and to just 102 in 2021. The number of closed sidewalks is in the range of 2 units per year. In fact, it’s amazing how few people were killed or injured.

A similar trend to the above pull is shown by a comparison of traffic violations registered by the city police in 2018 and 2021, where fines for parking at intersections decreased by half, parking at intersections decreased by 42%, Fines for standing on the sidewalk have been reduced by a third. The total number of crimes decreased by a fifth over the same period.

City Police will interpret the data as needed

I asked Yakub Ghanem, the spokesperson for the city police, for a statement. A spokesperson said some crimes fall into multiple categories (for example, standing at an intersection and standing in front of an intersection at the same time) and it is the responsibility of police officers to classify them. . Therefore, the number of sidewalk standing violations may not correspond to reality. However, this does not explain the overall reduction in all crimes. Another of the speaker’s claims is that signs and traffic conditions have changed, making parking legal where it used to be a problem. I can add that parking is not possible in many other places for the same reason.

Fashion has also had an impact. “It is also important to mention that in 2020-2022, the impact of COVID measures was very large when the central authorities called for significant involvement of the city police in checking compliance with the measures. Mobility was limited and traffic was kept to a minimum, so some tolerance was required because legal parking spaces for vehicles such as residential areas were not objectively sufficient and many Because it’s not even farther away from home,” said Yakub Ghanem.

Perhaps thanks to the optimism of memory, traffic has fallen to a minimum.Brno Communications regularly publishes an almanac on traffic in the city, and graphs on car traffic show that traffic in Brno is constantly shows that it is increasing. For the first time in 2020, traffic decreased slightly, but only in comparison to the last two years. Even in trendy years, there were more rides than in 2017 or before, and 2021 has already surpassed all previous years. The intensity of traffic also corresponds to a sharp increase in the number of cars in the city. In 2015 in Brno he had 175,000 cars registered. In 2021 it was already 223 thousand. Decreases in crime solved simply don’t make sense and don’t match the traffic situation in Brno.

Ghanem also writes that tow numbers haven’t declined in the last three years, and he’s right because there aren’t many left. The spokesman cleverly overlooks that from 2015 to 2020, he has seen tow numbers decline by about two-thirds and remain at that level, as the chart above shows.

Regarding towing from sidewalks, Ghanem said police officers request 200 towings per year (data shows 10). In about 40% of cases, the driver leaves first, so there is no towing. 120 vehicles per year means about 2 vehicles per week. In a city the size of Brno, this means standing on the pavement is virtually impunity, which corresponds to urban conditions. Cars are parked virtually everywhere. After all, Czech radio datahis journalists covered this unfortunate situation in detail two years ago.

A city police spokesperson is trying to do his magic with the numbers, but his words don’t match the published data or the BKOM data, and most of all, the everyday reality of Brno, where you can park on the sidewalk. I don’t. He crosses right under the window of the local police headquarters. This is just a real-life example of how the police have stopped seeing, recognizing, and solving what’s going on in the city. result is death.

Police patrol the park while pedestrians stand at crosswalks waiting for drivers to politely let them cross the road. In all of 2021, there were only 14 situations recorded by city police officers in which drivers endangered pedestrians at intersections. In many cases, you have already noticed pedestrians walking outside the crosswalk (36 times) or in the driveway instead of the sidewalk (30 times). However, it is not clear from the data whether these were situations in which people encroached on the road because the sidewalk was occupied by buildings or parked cars, which is a common situation in Brno.

With the introduction of the Blue Parking Zone in Brno, the speed limit was increased to 30 km/h on some roads, but few people would have noticed the signs. With limited speed compliance monitoring, it really depends a lot on traffic conditions and the discretion of the particular driver, where and at what speed. At the same time, between 2018 and 2021, he reduced the number of speeding crimes handled by the city police by 70%.

Brno, best address – if not killed by car

The number of dead and injured in Brno does not even correspond to the normal situation in other Czech cities. Elsewhere, the situation has improved in recent years, but in Brno it has stagnated. This is not a coincidence, but the result of politicians’ and police’s negligence. Safe infrastructure for cyclists and scooter riders is virtually non-existent and has not been built in Brno. Cars are parked on the sidewalk. Crosswalks are abolished. They block sidewalks and occupy buildings without compensation. People are driven under the wheels of cars. Transport Councilor Petr Kratovvir (ODS) virtually ignores these issues. He Marketa He Mayor of Vancovar (ODS) The same is true.

On the city police website you can read: “Brno city police is run by the mayor of Brno”. Vaňková is directly responsible for the police inaction that plastered the streets with her pre-election slogan “Best address in Brno”. For whom and how.

This year Brno conducted a study on safety and crime. Questions revealed that in addition to crime, people were particularly afraid of being run over by cars. They fear reckless and aggressive drivers and lack crosswalks and bike paths, the study concludes. Unless you consider it a cemetery, this is far from the best address to live in.

Brno has taken no practical measures to reduce traffic and increase safety for the most vulnerable road users, but Europe has stopped people dying under the wheels of cars, or this More and more cities are getting closer to their goal.It doesn’t have to have dead people on the road. It is purely a matter of political decisions. All you have to do is want. But in Brno nobody wants that.

The author is the editor of Alarm.

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