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Hedgehogs Unsafe from Drivers


Czech roads are notorious havens for unsafe driving. In July, however, new driving laws came into effect. I don't know all the changes, but it was basically the introduction of a point system. Most people seem to have been satisfied with the new regulations and, reportedly, the rules have saved lives. The policy has been accompanied by the usual griping that accompanies any government action, but that's expected—this wouldn't be the Czech Republic if people showed the authorities too much respect. (Not that I strongly advocate blindly following along, either.)

The regulations might even affect hedgehogs, which do have a dangerous go of it on the roads. Paul Kail, a listener to Radio Prague, sent this response to their story on the lady who saves hedgehogs:
It's wonderful to hear that at least one person in the Czech Republic has compassion for hedgehogs. The mentality of most car drivers in the country, however, is clear from her survey: they would rather kill them or maim them for life than swerve a few centimetres to the side.

Be sure to look both ways before venturing into the road, even if you're not a hedgehog!

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