427 people killed in road crashes in first nine months of 2019: traffic police

An undated picture of a car crash in the Kurdistan Region (File)

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SULAIMANI — As many as 427 people died in traffic accidents across the Kurdistan Region between January and September 30, the Directorate-General of Traffic Police in the Region said on Sunday (November 17).

Director-General of Traffic Police Abdulqadir Aziz said the directorate recorded 3,328 traffic crashes which injured a total of 5,002 people in the Kurdistan Region during those nine months.

“Unfortunately, traffic collisions happen a lot, but if we compare it to last year, we see the rate has dropped,” he added.

Aziz said the actions of drivers and sub-standard road conditions were the major causes of traffic crashes.

In 2018, as many as 655 people died and 4,844 others were wounded in the traffic accidents in the Kurdistan Region, according to the directorate’s statistics.

Meanwhile, the Traffic Police Directorate in Sulaimani said 75 people died in traffic accidents in the governorate during the first six months of this year.

According to the directorate’s statistics, 1,459 others were injured in traffic accidents during the same period.

To reduce the number of traffic crashes, the Sulaimani authorities called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to repair the roads in the region.

“Traffic equipment should be provided to the traffic directorates,” they said, adding that modern technologies should be used to control the roads and penalize drivers.

Traffic accidents killed 224 people and wounded 3,489 others in Sulaimani governorate in 2018, according to the directorate’s statistics.

In the past, the traffic police have also cited failure to wear seat belts, obey traffic laws, and speeding as reasons for the high number of fatal crashes.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 4:55 pm EBL.