At the press conference in Skopje today, nor Mayor Koce Trajanov nor the Minister of Internal Affairs Mitko Chavkov knew why the Ilindenska traffic light flickered yellow in the moments when 13 year old David was run over.
“Blinking traffic lights is a kind of signalization . The blinking traffic lights usually mean that some sort of delegation is coming, mostly from abroad. The MOI gives the order to turn off the traffic lights. Before the delegation approaches, while they pass and after they have gone, the traffic lights are off. And if a delegation passed at that time, it is regulated by the law, with all the procedures necessary for traffic signals. I do not want to get into a discussion if the light was green, it could have been different, and so on. What I would like to point out though, is when there is light, and it is flashing, it is an alarm and is signalling that pedestrians and vehicles need to be cautious”, Mr Trajanovski said when answering a reporter’s question.
According to security protocols, except for foreign delegations “clearing the streets” turning off traffic lights are used for quick passage for the three top officials in the country, the President, the Prime Minister and the Parliamentary Speaker.