Issue of traffic penalties on the rise
More than 168,000 traffic penalties have been registered since last year due to violations of legal speed, according to traffic police officials
With regards to the precise number of the speed violations, the Press Department of Sulaimaniya Traffic Police announced that 56,312 violations were recorded inside the city and 112,088 were registered on the highways.
According to the officials, the numbers of traffic accidents have decreased in 2012 in comparison to the previous year.
Car accidents are now a major factor behind the deaths of hundreds of people and have left many others injured or handicapped across the Kurdistan Region.
It was announced that the number of vehicle accident casualties have been noticeably reduced.
According to official statistics, around 2,210 traffic accidents had been recorded in 2011, but the number fell to 1,223 accidents in 2012. The directorate also revealed that around 278 people were killed in 2011 but this number dropped to 227 people in 2012.
The population of Iraqi Kurdistan Region is about five million, while there are almost more than 1 million vehicles in the region. Drivers complain that driving is no longer pleasurable with so many cars operated by poor drivers clogging the streets.
In contrast to the reduction of the number of casualties, the number of injuries increased. It added that the number of injuries reached 3,479 people in 2011 but the number rose to 3,547 people in 2012.
Based on the statistics, around 39 drivers were killed in 2011 and some 16 were killed in 2012. In regards to the number of the automobiles registered in the Sulaimaniya province, it was announced that 47,024 automobiles were registered in 2011 while this number rose to 48,344 in 2012. The directorate added that around 54,338 people obtained their driving license in the same year.
Injuries in Koya
In 2011, around 7,515 people visited the Martyr Dr Khalid Hospital, of which 381 were those injured due to traffic accidents in Koya town.
Passersby observe a three-car accident in Erbil