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20 Egyptians die per day in traffic accidents: CAPMAS

31 pct drop in traffic accidents during 2011 probably due to months of military curfews following January 25 Revolution, says official statistics body

Ahram Online, Sunday 9 Sep 2012
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File photo: A damaged tourist bus is transported Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, after it rolled over several times during a road accident near Hurghada, Egypt. (Photo: AP)
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There were 16,830 traffic accidents in Egypt during 2011, a 31 per cent drop on the year before, CAPMAS, the official statistics body, said in a survey published on Sunday.

The fall could be due to military curfews imposed in major cities for several months after the January 25 Revolution, CAPMAS said.

Traffic accidents caused 7,115 fatalities in 2011 compared with 7,040 in 2010. The number of injured, however, was 27,479 in 2011 compared with 36,028 the year before.

In 2011 there were 2.1 injuries or deaths per accident compared with 1.8 in 2010. 

This translates into 111.7 deaths per 100,000 vehicles in Egypt, or 19.5 deaths per day. 

The Delta governorate of Sharqiya saw the largest number of accidents in 2011 with 1,297. While the Upper Egypt governorate of Luxor saw the lowest, with 87.

The most dangerous road during 2011 was the Helwan-Korimat Road, which saw an average of 4.2 deaths per accident. The Katameya-Ain Sokhna Road was the most dangerous in 2010 with 4 deaths per accident. 

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If the way people drive in Egypt is representative of its society the latter is in a very sorry state. Driving in Egypt I wonder what goes on in the minds of the people behind the wheel, if anything. It often reminds me of mistreated children acting out and seeing what they can get away with without consideration for others. No respect for rules, no discipline - anything goes. The roads serve as commercial space for vendors, a rodeo arena for most cowboy drivers and a potential death trap for anyone driving. Trucks any time of the day, micro buses stopping and going as they please, driving on the left, passing on the right or any way for that matter, 5 cars on 3 lanes etc etc. - The authorities will not have an easy job to act and impose strong sanctions for those breaking the rules.
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