CAIRO: A total of 120 out of 350 drivers selected randomly at highway checkpoints tested positive for drug use in August, Traffic Department head Mostafa Darwish told Youm7 Sunday.
In August, 66 died and 76 were injured in car accidents, reported Tahrir News.
An estimated 12,000 Egyptians die every year in automobile accidents, according to a 2012 report by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Eighty percent of accidents are due to human error and the other 20 percent are due to the state of the roads and the vehicle,” Samy Mokhtar, the head of the Egyptian Association for the Care of Road Victims told The Cairo Post in May.
Some 109 road accidents took place in August in Greater Cairo alone, reported Youm7.
The Traffic Department, which is part of the Ministry of Interior, has led campaigns to detect people who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol and takes legal action against them, Darwish said.
The total number of car accidents in Egypt in 2013 reached 15,578 in a slight increase from the 2012 figure—15,516 accidents—according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
Half of those who died in car accidents in 2013 were youth, CAPMAS added.
Additional reporting by Abdel Rahman el-Sayed and Sara Osama Shoureap.