Friday, September 22, 2017

Prosecutors call for resignation of Sverdlovsk region road police chief

The Sverdlovsk region's prosecutor general's office is demanding the resignation of Sverdlovsk region road police chief Yuri Demin due to the sharp increase of deaths from car crashes.

The decision on the expediency of Demin staying in office depends on the results of an investigation into his performance at work, Itar-Tass reports.

An official statement was send from Deputy Prosecutor General Yuri Ponomaryov to the regional police chief Mikhail Borodin informing him of the number of deaths from car accidents this year.

"As many as 369 persons, including 19 children, died in the first six months of this year," Ponomaryov said, Itar-Tass reports. "A total of 2,400 road accidents were registered in the designated period, up 5.7 percent from the same period last year."

The statement also includes information regarding the largest crash occurring this year. The July 28 crash killed seven people, including one infant. The driver responsible for the accident had 60 previous traffic violations and had never been stripped of his driving license.

"Taking into account these circumstances, Yuri Ponomaryov demanded a service check on Demin and that the issue of his resignation be put on the agenda," the press service of the PGO department said, Itar-Tass reports.