Joint Bulgarian-Romanian traffic police teams are to patrol roads in four districts in Bulgaria in summer 2019, Bulgarian National Television reported on June 27.
The joint patrols will check compliance with the Road Traffic Act in the districts of Rousse, Vidin, Dobrich and Silistra.
This is the eighth consecutive year that the joint patrols are operating.
In previous years, the main breaches of the law have been related to failure to wear a seat belt, breaking the speed limit, drink-driving and driving after using illegal drugs.
Senior Inspector Stilian Stanev of the road police in Rousse told Bulgarian National Television that the checks were carried out in eight-hour shifts by mixed teams.
Bulgarian traffic police also were deployed to Giurgiu county in Romania.
There were Bulgarian officials who could speak English or Romanian, he said.
The joint teams will be located on the main roads leading to the sea and mountain resorts – Rousse-Varna and Rousse-Veliko Turnovo in the direction of the Turkish and Greek borders.
Stanev said that police officers working in the territory of the other state have observer status and were there mainly for translation of the relevant documents. They were not empowered to issue fines.
The checks by the joint teams will continue until September 9.
He said that the foreign citizens entering the country found to have unpaid fines would be stripped of their driving licences until the fines were paid./ibna