Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry has announced the country’s nine most dangerous roads, based on statistics on road deaths and injuries in 2016.
The aim of the list is to analyse the causes of the fatal accidents and take steps to reduce serious road accidents, the ministry said on February 7.
The list is:
The Rousse – Byala road, 246 accidents, seven dead, 89 injured
The Hemus Motorway, 266 accidents, 14 seriously injured, 19 injured, no deaths
The Simitli – Kresna road, 60 accidents, seven dead, 26 injured
The Plovdiv – Assenovgrad road, 66 accidents, four dead, nine injured
The Plovdiv – Karlovo road, 67 accidents, five dead, 24 injured
The Stara Zagora – Kazanluk road, 83 accidents, 15 seriously injured, 22 injured, no deaths
The Varna – Bourgas road (only to Arven in the Varna district), 106 accidents, six dead, 50 injured
The Veliko Turnovo – Debelets road (with junctions with several roads, to Veliko Turnovo, Gabrovo, Debelets, Elena and Stara Zagora), 22 accidents, four serious, five injured
From Hemus Motorway, the road to Veliko Turnovo to the junction for Teteven (on the territory of Lovech district) 139 accidents, eight dead, 117 injured.
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said that in most cases, the cause of the accidents was speeding. The next most frequent reason was overtaking where it was unsafe to do so.
For this reason, the Traffic Police were stepping up speed control in high-accident areas, using mobile cameras.
The ministry said that in a previously dangerous area in Varna, near the Black Sea motorway, the installation of speed cameras had led to a drastic decrease in accidents.
Figures released earlier by Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry showed that in 2016, there were 7355 accidents on Bulgaria’s roads, leaving 703 dead and 9306 people injured.