Deaths from road accidents in Egypt decreased by 44.2% from 2015 to 2018: CAPMAS

MEAN , Monday 16 Dec 2019

Egypt’s state statistics agency CAPMAS' report stated that 2018 saw 21.1 death cases for every 100,000 people as a result of road accidents, down from 21.7 cases in 2015, with a drop of 44.2 percent.

In the report published on Sunday, CAPMAS said the decrease in road accidents was due to the state’s renovation of road networks.

According to the report, the main cause of road accidents was driver's error (76.8 percent), followed by technical malfunctions (15.7 percent) and poor road maintenance (2.7 percent).

The report also said that there was a spike in train accidents in 2018, reaching 2,044, compared to 1,793 in 2017, with a 14 percent increase.

Deadly road accidents in Egypt are mostly blamed on poor road safety, badly maintained infrastructure, and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

However, Egypt has allocated millions of pounds to developing and expanding road networks in recent years.

In 2017, the government passed a new, comprehensive traffic law to crack down on violators and enhance safety and security.

The law will go into effect in 2020.

Last year, CAPMAS said that the number of road accidents in Egypt in 2017 dropped to 11,000 from around 15,000 the year before.

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