News ID: 121710
Published: 1002 GMT July 06, 2015

Iran’s road fatalities startling

Iran’s road fatalities startling

Road accidents have killed 362,786 people in Iran in the last 17 years, said the head of an NGO tasked with supporting inmates imprisoned for committing ‘unintentional offenses’.

Asadollah Joulaei also voiced concern that road accidents have claimed more lives than the Iraqi-imposed war (1980-88), Mehr News Agency reported.

“On aggregate, no more than 340,000 Iranians were martyred during the war,” he said.

Joulaei added that the organization has spared no efforts to help free the inmates who are unable to pay their dues — particularly the jailed drivers who fail to pay the huge financial damages they incurred in road accidents.

Iran has one of the highest rates of road fatalities in the world. This has imposed huge social and financial costs on the country over the years.

The high number of deaths from traffic accidents comes despite major steps taken by the Iranian government over the past years to enhance the quality of its roads and improve safety standards in its automotive industry.

Earlier, the former head of Iran’s Traffic Police Brigadier General Eskandar Mo'meni said that a plan is underway to bring the total number of people killed in roads across Iran to nearly 14,000, down from the current 17,000.

 

   
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