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Greek Police Focus on Road Safety Ahead of August 15 Getaway

The Hellenic Police has announced that traffic patrols will be stepped up and extra measures will be in force on Greek roads as of Thursday, August 13, ahead of the Dekapentavgoustos (August 15) holiday, when mass departures of Greeks from cities to home villages or islands take place.

As part of its road safety scheme, the traffic police will increase patrols on the national road network, especially near major cities, airports, bus terminals, ports, railway stations and toll stations.

According to an announcement, extra police will be patrolling to ensure public order and road safety. The patrols will have zero tolerance for drivers under the influence of alcohol, speeding, making irregular lane changes, passing through red lights and not wearing seatbelts or helmets.

“The correct road behavior of the drivers and the observance of the traffic rules are basic preconditions both for the safe movement and for the avoidance of the traffic accidents,” the Greek traffic police said.

In this context, drivers are kindly requested to:

– be informed about the condition of the road network.

– be especially careful when driving.

– observe the rules of the Road Traffic Code.

– drive at low speed to better control their vehicle.

– to comply with the instructions of police regulating traffic.

In addition, trucks weighing over 1.5 tons will be banned from traveling on Friday, August 14, from 16:00 to 21:00 and on Saturday, August 15, from 08:00 to 13:00, on the national highway lane leading out of Athens. They will also be banned from traveling on Sunday, August 16, from 16:00 to 23:00, on the lane leading into Athens.

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