Street signs warning Romanian drivers to be careful of drunken pedestrians lying on roads were erected by road safety chiefs, worried about the "despairing" levels of accidents.

The 10 bright red signs were erected by worried road safety officials in popular areas of the town of Pecica. Photo: CEN

Officials in Pecica, a village 13 miles from the Hungarian border, ordered the bright red signs, complete with the phrase “Attention - Drunks”.

The 10 road signs, which also show a person crawling on their knees while clutching a glass in one hand, were erected in popular nightspot areas close to the city's bars and restaurants.

Peter Antal, the Mayor, said the idea came after he visited an unnamed town in Germany, which had installed similar signs.

He said officials took action after a “despairing” number of accidents in the town, which has a population of about 13,000, caused by drunken revellers, with some even resulting in fatalities. He said it was not motorists’ fault but blamed the town’s pedestrians, many of whom were not able to look out for themselves as they staggered or crawled around the town.

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