Easter is not all fluffy chicks and springtime innocence in the Czech Republic. Aside from its more obvious dark side (women are whipped – but playfully!) it is in fact one of the most alcohol-fueled times of the year, when drunk driving accidents are two times more likely to occur.
Czech authorities typically issue annual warnings to drivers who are asked to be extra vigilant during the Easter season. And not just due to increased traffic and drunk drivers: inebriated pedestrians and cyclists can make navigating the roads a tricky affair in the lead-up to Easter Monday.
In an effort to curb some of the annual Easter-related damage, the Prague 5 police department launched its annual “Easter Awakening” on March 20. The preventative safety event will see an increased police presence in locations where Easter revelery gets most out of hand: namely the Anděl Easter markets and Smíchov train station.
Police there will not spend the day searching for chocolate eggs but intoxicated minors and also pickpockets who tend to fleece slivo-happy market patrons this time of year.
The patrol will run through April 4.
At the risk of killing your buzz, stay safe this Easter!