Egypt witnesses 28.9% drop in traffic injuries and 8.9% decrease in deaths in 2020

Ahram Online , Wednesday 10 Nov 2021

Egypt reported a drop of 28.9 percent in road traffic injuries and 8.9 percent in deaths in 2020 compared to the previous year, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said in a report issued on Monday.

File photo of one of the road accidents in Egypt (photo: Al-Ahram)

The number of road traffic injuries and deaths amounted to 56,789 and 6,164, respectively, in 2020.

Also, the number of males injured in road accidents in 2020 totaled 46,324, more than four times the number of injured females throughout the same year.

Cairo reported the least number of traffic injuries nationwide, reporting only 219 cases in 2020.

However, traffic injuries in Northern Egypt’s Daqahliya reached 12,767, the highest number among all governorates.

Egypt has witnessed a steady decline in road accidents over the past years in parallel with national efforts to improve the countrywide road network.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi launched the National Road Project in 2014 with the goal of developing and extending Egypt’s 23,500km road network.

In 2019, Egypt was ranked 28th in terms of the quality of road infrastructure in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Report, up from the 118th place in 2014 when the project was first launched.

Egypt has also expanded its network of speed cameras on highways over the past few years to limit road accidents.

In February, the parliament approved new amendments to Traffic Law 66/1972 proposed by the government that includes stricter penalties for traffic violations and the adoption of a point system that will be applied for the first time in Egypt’s history.

The country also witnessed a 37.7 percent drop in the number of train accidents in 2020, reporting 898 accidents, the CAPMAS said in its report.

The Central Delta in northern Egypt reported the highest number of train accidents in 2020, amounting to 24.6 percent of total accidents.

The number of deaths in train accidents dropped by 43.6 percent in 2020 to reach 296, while injuries dropped by 40.9 percent to reach 525.

Egypt’s railway lines have witnessed numerous accidents in recent years, with dozens killed this year due to separate incidents in different governorates.

However, the drop in the number of accidents is a result of the Egyptian state’s implementation of a plan to completely develop the entirety of the country’s railway system and replace all old carriages and tractors with either upgraded or new ones by the end of 2021.

The plan also involves upgrading railway signaling systems for higher safety, improving workshops and supplying them with modern equipment, and also installing automatic train control with a speed control mechanism in response to any emergency.

The country is also setting up monorail and high-speed train systems in cooperation with international companies in areas across Egypt.

In April, Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir said a total of EGP 1.7 billion have been spent to develop the country’s railway stations.

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