Socialists urge punishment for drivers who block traffic during emergencies

In Hungary

The opposition Socialist Party will submit a bill aimed at punishing irresponsible drivers who set off and cause traffic jams in emergency situations, lawmaker Tamás Harangozó told MTI on Tuesday. Harangozó said his party’s experts had compiled a study on an emergency on March 14-16, when hundreds of cars were stranded on snow-covered roads across the country. He said a report by the interior minister was “insufficient” to analyse that situation, draw conclusions or find those responsible for its escalation. The Socialist study suggests that the authorities had not even attempted to follow emergency protocols, thus contributing to the escalation of the situation, Harangozó said. Under the proposed amendment, the licences of drivers causing jams or obstructing salvage operations in an emergency could be withdrawn, the lawmaker added.

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