Egypt records increase in traffic accidents: CAPMAS
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CAIRO: Egypt has recorded 14,548 traffic accidents in 2015, a one percent increase compared to 2014, according to a Sunday statement by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)

The crashes resulted in 6,203 deaths, injured 19,325 people and damaged 19,116 vehicles, according to CAPMAS.

“63.3 percent of accidents on highways in 2015 are due to human error, followed by the technical status of the vehicle recording 22.9 percent,” read the statement.

People aged 25-44 recorded the highest mortality rate.

Train accidents across Egypt also increased, reaching 1,235 in 2015 compared to 1,044 in 2014. CAPMAS cited the lack of attention to develop railroad level crossings as a main reason for the 18.3 percent increase.

Giza recorded the highest rate of road accidents in 2015, reaching 1,704, resulting in 474 deaths, while Damietta governorate recorded the least with 85 accidents and 82 deaths.

Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every day due to traffic crashes, whom road experts mostly blame on the lack of maintenance and safety measures on Egyptian roads, especially highways.

Over the past week, a number of accidents were reported on highways, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries.

On Sunday, one worker was killed and 11 injured in a collision on the Cairo-Fayoum Road, while on April 30, at least 35 people were injured on three separate highways across Egypt.

In a bid to reduce highway accidents, the government has announced an international tender to operate the Intelligence Transportation System (ITS.)

Egypt is among the 10 states enrolled in a UN program that aims to half the rate of road deaths by 2020. The country has kicked off a number of projects and campaigns to monitor road safety since 2014, including building new roads, maintaining dilapidated bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.

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