Iran first in traffic collision reduction

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News ID: 398
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 11:21 - 07 March 2013
TEHRAN, YJC. The President has said that in the past years Iran has made the first country in reducing car crashes.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in the 8th Conference of Rahvar Police Chiefs that traffic collision reduction in the past six years has been a great happening, adding "Today the road accident rate has remained at the level of that in 2002 while the traffic has quadrupled, making Iran the number one country in collision reduction.”

He added that while countries throughout the world try hard to reduce road accidents inch by inch, Iran has moved from having the most accident rate in Asia seven years ago to what is now below the global average.

"In the early 9th administration we held sessions to see why is it that car crashes increase 10 percent each year. All believed that roads must be repaired and improved, which I believed was right. But all also knew that improving roads took time,” Ahmadinejad stated.

"With scientific procedures” he added, stressing the role of education, "we came to the conclusion that to reduce traffic casualties, we must control driver behavior, since 75 percent of accidents emanate from human factors.”

The President further said "In the 1990s and 2000s there was three deaths per accident while the number has reduced to 1 at the current time.”

He also provided comments on the road design factor and said "The Police, with the aid of the Road Maintenance and Transport Organization, have made good efforts in improving safety and reducing casualties; and today accident prone zones in the country are identified and furnished with road signs.”

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