Ter­ri­ble truth

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The num­ber of road ac­ci­dents may have gone down in the first half of the year com­pared to 2014, but the num­ber of those who died or were se­ri­ously in­jured on Greek roads went up, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the traf­fic po­lice yesterday. There is a way to ex­plain this para­dox but in gen­eral terms it is due to the law­less­ness that pre­vails in al­most ev­ery area of so­ci­ety and, of course, to in­ad­e­quate polic­ing. The high speed lim­its al­lowed in­side ur­ban cen­ters in com­bi­na­tion with a ten­dency to flout these, as well as to ig­nore other rules and reg­u­la­tions, have made crashes and re­lated ac­ci­dents much more deadly. The con­se­quences are ter­ri­ble and when sta­tis­tics con­firm this, it is the duty of the state to find so­lu­tions, to im­pose laws and to move be­yond rhetoric to ac­tion. A re­turn to the days when the pop­u­la­tion of a small town was killed on the coun­try’s roads ev­ery year is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able.

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