Monday, June 11, 2012
Here is a flavour of some of the information on offer.
* Driving in Poland can be extremely dangerous. In w010, there were 3,907 road deaths compared with 212 in Ireland. That is roughly double the Irish rate per capita.
* Poland is a major east-west transit route for heavy vehicles. There are relatively few dual-carriageways, and main roads between major towns and cities can be narrow and often poorly surfaced.
* Streetlights, even in major cities are weak and as a consequence, motorists are urged to drive with their headlights on at all times, day and night.
* As is often the case with Ireland, slow moving agricultural vehicles and horse drawn vehicles are common in rural areas and even on main roads.
Driving in the Ukraine:
* A recent study indicates that road traffic injuries already rank among the top 10 cuases of death in Ukraine.
* Recent official statistics indicate that more than 22,000 people died and about 90,000 people required medical treatment as a result of road traffic injuries in 2007-2009.
* There is a zero-tolerance policy regarding drink driving. The limit was 0.00% however this has been slightly increased to 0.02% but only to accommodate some prescription medication which may contain alcohol.
Neither Poland nor Ukraine use the Euro, the Poles use the Zloty. €1 equates to 4.33 Zloty. Unleaded petrol in Poland comes in at 5.89 Zloty per litre which is around €1.36, diesel is 5.75 Zloty per litre, around €1.33. In the Ukraine, it's cheaper at €1.06 per litre, just under 10.9 Hryvnia (UAH) for unleaded petrol. Diesel also works out cheaper at €1 per litre, 10.26 UAH.