Is­sue of traf­fic penal­ties on the rise

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iraq

© PressReader. All rights reserved.