In this week’s news snippets it’s been a bad week for accidents, big wheel antics land man in hospital, the first local forest fire, fuel prices up and Turkey goes smoke free.

In this week’s news snippets it’s been a bad week for accidents, big wheel antics land man in hospital, the first local forest fire, fuel prices up and Turkey goes smoke free.

Tragic Accident

Observant readers who have driven on the main road through Ʃftlik this week may have noticed the wreck of the bus shelter on the right hand side of the road near to the Toyota garage.

Apparently a Swiss driver in a car fell asleep at the wheel and ran into the shelter demolishing it and killing a local man who was waiting for his bus to work.

He worked as a tailor in Fethiye and was later buried a mere 13 metres from the bus stop where he died.

And another…..

And another horrific car accident in Ưbanlar village, near to Fethiye, earlier in the week when two Turkish cars collided head on killing three and leaving two children seriously injured.

Big Wheel Antics Lands Man in Hospital

This was clearly the week for accidents as a young Turkish guy tried to jump into one of the Big Wheel cars at the Fair in Hisarönü when the wheel was already moving. 

He managed to grab the outside of the car, hung on as the wheel went higher but then fell off before he could make the move to the inside of the car. 

The young man was later pronounced to have several broken bones and possible internal bleeding at the Government Hospital.

First Forest Fire of the Season

And the week ended with yet another tragedy as the first forest fire of this season broke out near to Kemer. 

Fire fighting planes were seen swooped onto Fethiye Bay near Calis to collect water to fight the fire.

Fuel Tax Hike

The price of petrol and diesel went up this week as the government slapped more tax on fuel to make up for spending increases.

Diesel prices were increased by 15% and petrol by 7%.

The price of diesel is now around 2.53 TL (1.01 GBP) and petrol 3.16 TL (1.27 GBP).

Turkey Goes Smoke Free

Turkey implemented a smoking ban in all enclosed spaces from yesterday.

The ban forbids smoking in bars, restuarants, coffee houses, night clubs and many other public establishments.

Public support for the ban is, according to one survey, very high even though Turkey has a high proportion of the population that smoke.

Establishments that allow smoking on their premises could face fines of between 560 TL and 5,600 TL but the enforcement authorities have said that they would give written warnings initially.

A national phone line has been set up for members of the public to report violations of the new law. The hot line number is 184.

Individuals that smoke in banned areas could be fined 69 TL.

Smokers that throw their butts on the street or out of car windows could face a fine of 20 TL.

The Turkish press are hailing the smoking ban as revolutionary.

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