Podgorica – The traffic jams before and during the season, will not miss Montenegro this year too. The institutions that are in authority are already getting prepared for the impact, because they claim that that chronic issue can only be partially solved.
The police has, according to the words of the main inspector of the department for safety of traffic in the Management of the police Dragan Klikovac, already made a plan of measures and activities before the up coming tourist season in order to try to increase the safety of all participants in traffic, as well as to reduce blockage of roads towards the sea. The plan has been given to all centers and departments in charge of safety, in order for the patrols to be prepared as better as possible for the season. In the report of the Management of the police for the last year it is said that most traffic accidents happened in the section of the road from Herceg Novi towards Kamenari. Accidents are also frequent from Petrovac towards Bar, then also from Podgorica to Cetinje, and further on towards Budva. From Podgorica towards Kolasin many accidents also happen, and a great number of accidents with heavy traumas happen on the regional road from Ulcinj wards Ada Bojana, from Berane towards Andrijevica, and from Pljevlja towards Djurdjevica Tara.
– For Montenegro it is characteristic that traffic jams occur in circles, during the period of the tourist season. At that time on roads there are five to seven time more vehicles then during the rest of the year. At the same time on the airports crowds are bigger even up to 12 times. That is a problem which we can only partially solve with construction of new roads. You cannot built 7 roads in order to stop traffic jams during three or four months of tourist season – said for “Vijesti” minister of traffic Andrija Lompar. He points out that the best example of “narrow throat” and unbearable jams is the example of transit through Podgorica, where during the summer it is completely normal to see a column from one traffic light to the other.
Traffic jams, as one might think, are not just a problem for less developed countries in which roads of better quality can be counted on fingers of one hand.
– On a European conference of ministers of traffic held last week in Sofia, beside the construction of roads, some administrative measures were proposed which could decrease traffic jams. One of them is special tax, which you have to pay if you wish to use the car in some town. That model is already in usage in Venice, Nice, Cannes… One of the possibilities which has been used very little here is related towards the rationalization and better organization of public transport. In London public transport in the season part of the year is so well organized that one doesn’t have the need to use a car – said Lompar. Rationalization, as he added, is also related to improper parking, regulation of cargo traffic, and eliminating of it in critical hours, when the jams are the biggest.
– Researches indicate that improper parking is from 30 to 35% a reason of traffic jams inbig cities. As for the cargo traffic, except the introduction of break we have no other option. We cannot redirect cargo traffic from Platije towards Matasevo and Verusa because those roads are not suitable for that kind of traffic – said the minister. If the crossing border Brgat is soon opened for cargo traffic and the columns of trucks from the Adriatic highway turn at Dubrovnik on the way towards the road Trebinje – Niksic – Podgorica, which is shorter the problem in the south will be pretty much solved. You can imagine what kind of a relief it would be for ferry hundreds of trucks per day won’t be there standing and waiting for the transport – says Lompar.
In heavy collisions on Montenegrin roads since the beginning of the year 40 people died, which is for about 20% more than it was the case last year at the same time. Black figures show that this year had much more traffic accidents, as well as people who were hurt in them…
-We have increased our personnel in the field. The drivers who break the rules are not forgiven, but the safety on the roads doesn’t depend solely on police. That largely depends on the condition of roads, on trained drivers in car driving schools, on technical regularity and the age of the car, and above all on the low degree of traffic culture here – said Klikovacc.
The researches which have been done so far indicate that he most frequent cause of the accidents on roads is human factor. Tragedies are most often caused by drivers who are driving too fast, who do not follow the right of priority, who overtake in places where that is not allowed or they drive under the influence of the alcohol.
The records are full road comebacks, so dozens of them since the beginning of the appliance of the new Law about the safety on roads already have 7 or 9 negative points. When a rule book is made about the way of application of that punishment article from the law, all drivers who have maximal number of negative points will have to take the driving test again.
M. Babovic, B. Batizic
THE FINES DO NOT HELP
Police this year on traffic roads has fined more than 50.000 drivers, but that didn’t reduce the number of accidents.
– We have enlarged the number of patrol on the roads. Unfortunately, so far that hasn’t helped us because the number of people who died as well as the number of people who were hurt has been increased – said Klikovac.
Traffic police for the first four months of this year has issued 14.433 offense tickets, 41.175 writs for charging of fines, and has temporarily taken away more than 2.000 driving licenses, which is about 200% more than it was the case last year.
ROAD WORKERS WILL BE GIVEN TIME OFF STARTING FROM JUNE 15TH
Minister Lompar said that everything that is being done on the roads has to be finished until June 15th.
– Everything that is not done has to be conserved and the works will be continued in fall. The only exception is the work in Rafailovici which will last until the end of June – said Lompar.