World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday that traffic accidents were the top cause of deaths among Turks between the ages of 15 and 29.
Speaking at a traffic security symposium, Yildirim said that, although traffic accidents were the 11th cause of death in the world, it was at the top rank among Turkey's 15-29 aged youths.
He reminded that each year over 1.2 million people were dying because of traffic accidents while 20-50 million were hurt.
Yildirim added that there was a relation between the number of the people, who died because of traffic accidents, and the development level of the country.
Noting that investments in traffic, infrastructure and roads aimed to keep people alive, Yildirim stated, "in the past ten years, we made big investments in the dual lane roads. We rendered one over three of our road network to dual lane roads. There are 65 km road network under the responsibility of highways, and we rendered 22,500 km of it to dual lane roads. It might seem short in numbers, however more than 80 percent of the traffic in Turkey is on these roads."
Yildirim said that EU aimed at "zero deaths" in traffic accidents by 2020 and it set the fatal accident rate at a maximum of three in every 100 million vehicles/persons.
Noting that rates in Turkey decreased from 5.72 under 3 within the scope of this criteria, Yildirim said, "it's a big development but not enough. We have to continue in making investments in human lives."Last Mod: 08 Mayıs 2013, 17:41