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Article Date: September 22, 2008
Traffic accidents are blamed for killing and wounding thousands of people every year. Traffic accidents that occurred over the period January to July left behind 1,477 Yemeni citizens of both sexes dead, according to a report issued by the General Administration for Traffic.
The same report mentioned that 9,897 different types of accidents occurred during the same period, revealing that over 12,000 citizens were injured, with serious, moderate and light injuries.
As to the material losses, the report further indicated that these accidents inflicted heavy losses on the owners of vehicles and the relatives of victims and this includes treatment expenses, repair, etc.
Experts at Traffic Administration attribute the increased number of accidents to drivers' over-speeding, repair negligence and disobeying traffic rules. Technical faults, improper design of roads and reckless driving are also blamed.
The report did not include September accidents as this month is timed with Ramadan when accidents increase markedly, especially at and before fast-breaking time, as drivers then give attention to nothing save how to catch fast-breaking at homes.
Several taxi drivers told the Post that driving the car in Sana'a streets before fast-breaking is too risky as drivers then pay no attention to traffic signs, priorities and rules."It is better to stop your car before the rush hour of Ramadan, which starts at 4-6 p.m. to save yourself from any possible accident," said taxi driver Saddam Mohammed Qasim.