Last updated: January 2, 2010


Eleven people died and 189 were injured in road accidents during the period spanning New Year's Eve and January 1.


A total of 138 road accidents occurred within that period. Despite the grim statistics, the roads in the country were safer than in the previous year, says Agnieszka Hameliusz from the Warsaw Police Headquarters:


"Statistics are much better than over the previous new year period. We had less accidents, less fatalities. Police officers have, however, seized more drivers under the influence of alcohol," she told Polskie Radio.


The police charged 600 drunk drivers, 400 of them on 1 January. 


Police reported only one accident resulting from mishandling of fireworks. Meanwhile, no serious crimes were noted at the open-air events across the country. (ab)

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