Bad roads ‘reduce accidents,’ says official after fatal collisions
Bad roads

CAIRO: Bad roads reduce accidents, and the majority of accidents in Egypt are due to human error, a Transport Ministry official claimed in a Monday Youm7 report.

“The worse a road is, the less accidents three are because broken streets force drivers to reduce their speed; hence a lower rate of accidents,” Youm7 quoted head of the General Authority for Roads, Bridges and Land Transport Adel Turk.

Only five percent of road accidents in Egypt are caused by the conditions of the road, while the vast majority of accidents are due to traffic violations, Turk claimed.

“Accidents here are caused by lack of discipline or the fog,” Turk added.

Turk’s remarks come after at least 23 people were killed and dozens injured in two Sunday accidents.

Sixteen people were killed and 21 were injured after some 25 vehicles collided on Kuraimat-Beni Suef road in Upper Egypt due to the morning mist, according to the Health Ministry.

Seven others were killed and four injured when a train collided with a mini-truck in Giza’s town of Ayyat Sunday, according to Giza Security Director Ahmed Hegazy.

The level crossing of Belida village was open while the train was crossing; the officer of the crossing has been arrested, according to investigations reported by Youm7.

Meanwhile, the mini-truck driver failed to see the train because of heavy fog, according to Youm7.

Egypt ranks among the top 10 nations for road deaths with an estimation of 12,000 people killed in accidents annually, according to a 2013 World Health Organization report.

According to a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in April 2015, an average of 17 people died per day in road accidents in Egypt in 2014.

It added that human error caused 59.2 percent of all 2014 road accidents, while 19.3 percent were caused by technical failure.

In 2015, a total of 592 people were killed, and 1,222 were wounded in road accidents, a security source told Youm7 Dec. 25.

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