67 died and 262 injured in car accidents during Eid [Archives:2006/994/Local News]

October 30 2006

SANA'A, Oct 29 ) There were 67 people reported dead and 262 others injured in car accidents during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday in various areas of Yemen. The Traffic Department states there were 339 car accidents in the different governorates of Yemen. The accidents include 170 car collisions; 41 rollover accidents, in addition to other accidents resulting from high speed.

The report points out that most of the accidents that occurred from driver negligence.

The damages of the incidents have been estimated at YR142,452,000, according to the report, higher than last year. Last Eid, 207 car accidents claimed the lives of 100 people and injured 400 others.

In Ramadan, 883 car accidents occurred throughout Yemen, claiming 166 people and injuring 908 people. The damages were estimated at more than one million riyals.

Official figures show that every year more than 2,000 people die in traffic accidents in Yemen.

Two years ago there were 2005 accidents claiming 2510 lives and critically wounded 7030 people, compared to 2249 deaths and 5443 major injuries.

Worldwide an estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road crashes each year and as many as 50 million are injured, according to the world report on road traffic injury prevention released by World Health Organization in 2004.