Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Moderate Improvement: Lower Accident Rate

Iran roads go through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and yet they have a lethal reputation. Iran’s accident rate and the number of deaths caused by car accidents are among the highest in the world. Beginning of spring, Norouz, when Iranians celebrate their new year usually witnesses a dramatic increase in the number of accidents and fatalities due to increase in road travels and heavy traffic across the country.

According to law enforcement officers who spoke to ISNA this year the number of accidents has dropped by 11%, which shows a slight improvement in abiding by traffic laws. Still speeding and exhaustion share 70% of blame for these spring time accidents, which resulted in 467 fatalities. This number is 15% lower than last year. It must be noted that in some provinces the number of accidents has increased, among them Isfahan a breathtaking tourist destination. Tehran the capital has experienced a 60% decline in accident rate, mostly because nobody stays in Tehran in spring time!

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