Hor­rific car crash ex­poses coun­try’s speed­ing prob­lem

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A video of a hor­rific ac­ci­dent on the Athens-Lamia na­tional high­way on Sun­day, which left four peo­ple dead, has gone vi­ral, ex­pos­ing the dan­ger­ous prob­lem of speed­ing on Greek roads.

The video showed a Porsche, driven by Gior­gos Vakakis, the son of Jumbo toy store owner Apos­to­los Vakakis, plow­ing into a parked car and road­side re­stroom, caus­ing an ex­plo­sion. The crash re­sulted in the deaths of Vakakis, his pas­sen­ger and a 33-year-old woman with her 3-year-old son, who were in the parked ve­hi­cle. Ex­perts as­sessed that the Porsche was strav­el­ing at around 200 kilo­me­ters per hour. Apart from the At­tiki Odos high­way in At­tica, which has 14 radar cam­eras, most ma­jor roads in Greece rely on po­lice speed guns to mon­i­tor ve­hi­cles that break the speed limit.

“Since last year, 5,000 peo­ple have been in­volved in road ac­ci­dents,” road safety ex­pert Tas­sos Mark­ouizos told Skai TV yes­ter­day.

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