Traf­fic and Roads From Hell

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

to pre­vent road ca­su­al­ties. The Min­istry of In­te­rior in the past few years or­dered a large num­ber of speed cam­eras and with re­cent rules and reg­u­la­tions in place the process of get­ting a li­cense has changed. There are now both prac­ti­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal tests sim­i­lar to Euro­pean coun­tries prior to a li­cense be­ing granted. None­the­less, 300 new mo­bile PoliS­canspeed sys­tems, which are proven to be far more ef­fec­tive than con­ven­tional radar de­vices in de­tect­ing road of­fenses, are to be in place by May 2013. The ques­tion that re­mains is whether th­ese mea­sures have been enough or ef­fec­tive in tack­ling the es­ca­lat­ing num­bers of car ac­ci­dents.

In 2009 the num­ber of deaths caused by car ac­ci­dents was re­ported to be more than 500 peo­ple, how­ever only a year down the road the num­bers have al­most dou­bled. Wor­ry­ingly, there are cur­rently about 1 mil­lion cars in Kur­dis­tan where the over­all pop­u­la­tion is just over 4 mil­lion. A con­stantly in­creas­ing num­ber of cars are be­ing im­ported from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, and with no im­posed tax reg­u­la­tion and de­mand this re­gion is a heaven for car busi­nesses but hell for a lack­ing traf­fic sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search, traf­fic fa­tal­ity in Kur­dis­tan is nearly six times higher than in the UK. Com­par­ing the Kur­dis­tan re­gion’s 4.5 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion to the UK’s 64 mil­lion the pic­ture is un­doubt­edly cat­a­strophic.

Be­sides in­stalling speed cam­eras and ad­vanc­ing driv­ing schools, there are other far more im­por­tant fac­tors that the government can in­tro­duce in or­der to put the Kurds on a safer roadmap. Firstly, reg­u­lat­ing the im­port of cars and en­sur­ing the safety of the ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing the re­gion. Se­condly, en­forc­ing greater and stricter traf­fic laws and mon­i­tory sys­tems and of­fi­cers that would not let traf­fic of­fenses go unchecked. And of course pro­mot­ing pub­lic trans­port in the main cities, build­ing an ad­vanced traf­fic and road in­fra­struc­ture that at­tracts pas­sen­gers to safer and more com­fort­able pub­lic trans­port.

Death is in­ven­tible, but traf­fic ac­ci­dents shouldn’t be. We Kurds have a long way ahead of us and learn­ing is an in­te­gral part of the way for­ward, but first the government needs to do its home­work and in­tro­duce the lessons to a so­ci­ety that is clearly in need of strict homeschool­ing.

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