Holiday Season in Bulgaria: Road Traffic and Security

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The traffic police in Bulgaria is prepared for the holiday season, which will start tomorrow. Traffic police chief Boyko Ranovski said, on December 23rd and 30th, officers would be working on ensuring a smooth traffic flow out of the big cities, including Sofia. On December 26th, as well as January 2nd and 3rd, they would be working on letting traffic enter the same cities.

According to Ranovski, the efforts taken by police will mainly be about improving the traffic. But he made clear drivers will be stopped and checked as well. Our affiliate The Sofia Globe quoted Ranovski saying.  “There will be intensive checks, especially in resorts and near pubs, for drinking and drug use, and there will be speed checks – all related to the main causes of serious accidents”, he stated.

On December 23rd and 26th, as well as on January 2nd, restrictions will apply to trucks heavier than 12 tons. Read details here.

The police are expecting a lot of traffic all over the country, but especially on the road between Sofia and Pernik, the one from Sofia to Kalotina as well as on the Lyulin and Struma freeways. Hemus Highway will most likely be congested too.

The police also reminded Bulgarians not to drink and drive. According to the Ministry of the Interior in Sofia, 16 people died in traffic accidents during last year’s holiday season in Bulgaria, while 272 were injured.

According to the same ministry, the Bulgarian Border Police was ordered to arrange a smooth flow of traffic at the border checkpoints. 

Traffic flow is not the only aspect the police are working on. After the latest terror attacks in Berlin and elsewhere, security measures are being stepped up as well. Georgi Georgiev, the head of police patrols, urged the public to be vigilant in malls. Suspicious luggage should be reported to the police immediately, he said. People should not check it themselves.

Police will check neighbourhoods in order to prevent burglaries. Lots of public places and spaces have already been checked, for the implementation of safety requirements.

In the meantime, the fire brigade urged Bulgarians to purchase fireworks and bangers at licensed stores only.

More details on traffic and security during the holiday season can be found at The Sofia Globe.

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