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What lies behind the new speed limit: the police should "look through their fingers", but this creates a big problem | car

D. Alihodžić Z. Radović |

November 09, 2019 8:02 AM |

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Acting Director of Roads of Serbia Zoran Drobnjak proposes to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to tolerate exceeding

Acting Director of Roads of Serbia Zoran Drobnjak said on Friday that it would propose to the Ministry of the Interior to tolerate an excess of 20 kilometers per hour on motorway sections at a speed of 130 kilometers per hour. This would mean that police officers do not penalize drivers chasing up to 150 per hour on new sections like the one on the east arm of Corridor 10, which is opening to full traffic today. Experts, however, claim that such practices are not known anywhere in the world.

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Drobnjak explained to Novosti that he was not seeking a change in the law, but suggested that the police "look them through the fingers". The Road First man justifies his idea by saying that the number of vehicles in our corridors increases from five to six million every year. According to him, the "rush" of police officers would speed up traffic and reduce traffic jams.

– This speed will not be allowed on all highways, but only on certain sections where the sign says 130 – says Drobnjak. – This would apply to the section towards Horgos, on the southern arm of Corridor 10 to Nis, as well as to the new section from Pirot to Dimitrovgrad. This speed will not apply to tunnels, where, for example, corridor 11 has a limit of 80 kilometers per hour.

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According to news reports, that by tolerating speeding would endanger traffic safety, Drobnjak says statistics show that the number of motorway accidents is the lowest in traffic compared to all other roads.

Damir Okanovic, director of the Traffic Safety Committee, warns that such a practice is legally impossible and unacceptable.

Photo by B. Rajčević

– The traffic police is obliged to enforce the law and as an executive body must not deviate from the decision of the legislative body – said Okanovic. – The interior ministry cannot be above the Serbian parliament, which passed a law limiting 130 kilometers per hour. No one, not even the police, should be above the law. They cannot obey the Scriptures and do not apply the law. If this is the case, as individuals imagine, then we could ask the MIA to tolerate the driver's blood alcohol up to 0.8, and to apply the other regulations selectively.


MINISTER OF CIVIL ENGINEERING Zorana Mihajlovic did not hide her satisfaction that the works on the construction of an important thoroughfare were finally completed. She promised that roads in Serbia will never be built again in ten years, as more attention is paid to projects and contractors.

– Corridor 10's mission is complete. It will take a little less than three hours to reach the border with Bulgaria near Dimitrovgrad – Mihajlovic said. – Serbia has managed to complete a huge project that has been talked about for a decade. This section is of great importance to our economy and also to security.

Photo by B. Rajčević


Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday that until December 1st no toll will be charged on the Nis – Dimitrovgrad highway, which opens today. Vucic told reporters in Geneva that he had discussed this with Serbian Roads Director Zoran Drobnjak and Transport Minister Zoran Mihajlovic.

From December, drivers traveling from Belgrade to Bulgaria will pay 1,290 dinars in Dimitrovgrad.

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