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News number: 8710120981

18:08 | 2009-01-01

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3% Decrease in Public Transport Accidents

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's rate of public transport accidents reduced by 13% over the last nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (Started March 20, 2008).



"In comparison to the same period last year, there was a 13.18 decrease in number of accidents involving public transport e.g. bus, train, taxi or any other," MNA quoted a road police official as saying here on Tuesday.

According to Iraj Barand-Kam, the use of GPS system is the main reason behind such a decrease in number of road accidents.

A total number of 57 thousands of the country's public transport are provided with GPS system, the official added.

"A number of 126 public transport accidents occurred over the past nine months of the current year," Barand-Kam said, adding that the number of traffic fatalities and injuries declined by 34% compared to the same period last year.

Whereas public transports are involved in 42% of road crashes, providing GPS system for them will remarkably reduce road fatality rate, Barand-Kam added.

Iran has the highest percentage of fatal road accidents in the world in relation to its population, with 30,000 deaths per year.

Over the last eight months of the current year, a total number of 17,333 people were killed in the country's road crashes, deputy chief of Iran's Traffic Police said recently.

According to Kamal Hadianfar, a total of 790 people were injured per day during the last months in the country's road accidents.

He said that 60 percent of the accidents occurred in day and 65 percent occurred near the cities.

"Driver's destructions, including cell phones, speaking with passengers, and falling sleep, are the main causes of car accidents followed by turning left and speeding," Hadianfar said.