Uzhgorod traffic lights responsible for accidents? (PHOTO)
Recently, in Transcarpathian region the number of accidents, in which traffic lights are "involved", has remarkably increased. They either do not work or ... probably jump onto the road.
On April 16, in the regional centre a driver did not notice a "three-eyed" on Lev Tolstoy Street, on May 28 - at the crossroads of Grushevskogo and Zankovetska streets.
On the latter accident the driver will pay just for traffic lights repair (not to mention the car) a minimum of 3.5 thousand hryvnia.
The director of enterprise "Uzh-Svet" (“Uzh-Light”) Sergei Betsa explains that the woman swept the traffic light so that at first glance it seemed that it had not been seriously damaged. However, after examination it was found that the box had been completely crumbled to pieces inside. "If the case will evolve according to the rules and the law, road traffic police must provide us with information about the commission of the accident, make the description and only after that we will turn to the insurance company, which has to compensate for the damage. The cost of the box is 3.5 thousand hryvnia, plus the cost of cables, pillars and work" - said Mr. Sergey.
As for the traffic light on Leo Tolstoy Street, since the accident there has not been any traffic control there. To be precise, it is performed by… the holes in the pavement. The Director of the company says it's because the culprit broke the object, where was a machine controlling switching on and off the lamps. "And the second traffic light has been taken off because of a damaged main line. It will take weeks or even months to restore the object since it hasn’t even reached the court. Only after the court decision, hopefully, the culprit will compensate for the damage. According to estimates, it is up to 10,000 hryvnia". By the way, Vinogradov driver, who also "had not seen" traffic lights was charged about 20,000 hryvnia.
So while money is not collected from the culprits, which may take years, Uzhgorod citizens have to live without traffic lights on main city roads. Apparently, this is less important than 35% premium money given to the deputy mayor, which they managed to find in the city budget.
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