Traffic law revision after drunk driver kills teenager
Municipal Councilors from Democratic Bulgaria have proposed 20 revisions to traffic laws after Saturday's tragedy in which a drunk driver killed a 15-year-old boy on a pedestrian crossing in Sofia. The driver was arrested and the prosecution is expected to request his permanent detention.
Measures include the installation of hundreds of cameras in Sofia to automatically detect all speeding violations, the introduction of a larger zone with a 30 km/h limit, as well as more physical restrictions to curb speed - such as speed bumps and yellow cones.
A protest has been scheduled for today, September 4, in front of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, by a former resident of the area, amid claims that cars often 'race' there after dark. "This is a well-known practice, to which the Ministry of Internal Affairs (right next door) apparently just turns a blind eye," wrote the organizer on Facebook.
Coal electricity production falls by half
Bulgaria produced only half the electricity from coal between January and the end of August compared to the same period last year. This is almost entirely at the expense of exports, which are 70% lower because surrounding countries meet their own needs.
At the same time, average sunshine hours in August were about 315, which makes it possible for solar installations to operate for more than 40% of the day. They are already over 2400 megawatts, which is more than the power of the units in Kozloduy (however, the nuclear power plant works constantly) and hence in August there was a new record in terms of the share of solar in the total energy mix - 13.6% of the whole production in Bulgaria. .
At the same time, the production of electricity in the country as a whole decreased slightly, but remained above 3 million mWh. Yet, because of the August heatwave consumption has remained almost at the same level since July due to the need for cooling.
State to finance 46,000 new students
The state will finance the education of more than 46,000 newly admitted students in the upcoming academic year, Minister of Education and Science Prof. Galin Tsokov said at the opening ceremony at the "Georgi S. Rakovski" Military Academy.
The financing campaign aims to attract more young people to pursue a degree in higher education. For reference, a total of 49,000 students graduated from Bulgarian universities last year.