CAIRO: Some 1,900 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated in the past three months, and hundreds of others have been detained since last week for testing positive, as 44 people were killed in road accidents in the past 20 days, Youm7 reported.
And those are just the ones being caught.
On Nov. 2, the urine sample of a driver in the Public Transportation Authority revealed that he was two-months pregnant, Youm7 reported. The driver admitted to providing a urine sample from his wife to avoid testing positive on the test, and did not know she was expecting.
The hospital running the tests decided to take blood samples as well as urine samples to avoid manipulation.
Mostafa Darwish, head of the General Administration of Traffic, told Hayat TV Saturday that 65 percent of road accidents are due to drivers’ mistakes, 18 percent are due to vehicle malfunction and 3 percent are due to road conditions.
The families of 18 students who died in an accident in Beheira in the Nile Delta protested outside the town council Sunday to demand the expulsion of the governorate’s executive authorities and governor for being responsible for the deaths. Police dispersed the demonstration and arrested five, Youm7 reported.
Details on whether or not the oil tanker truck driver responsible for the crash was intoxicated at the time of the accident have not been released, but he did flee the scene of the accident fearing mob violence.
The total number of car accidents in Egypt in 2013 reached 15,578, and the year prior it was 15,516 accidents, according to an annual bulletin from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued June 16.
In a 2013 report, the World Health Organization (WHO) tallied 10,729 road deaths in Egypt in 2010 with a rate of 13.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.
An estimated 12,000 Egyptians die every year in automobile accidents, according to a 2012 report by the WHO.