Russia records death of 15,000 people in road accidents this year so far

Published on : Wednesday, November 21, 2018

So far in 2018 about 15,000 people have been killed in road accidents in Russia, Russia’s General Administration for Traffic Safet said.

Since the beginning of the year, there has been 136,000 road accidents, which killed 14,800 people and injured over 174,000, the road agency stated. In 2017, the total amount of road traffic victims had reached over 19,000 people.

 

Head of Russia’s General Administration for Traffic Safety Mikhail Chernikov, on Nov 18 stated that the main cause for the accidents is human factor. “Despite the efforts taken, the notorious human factor remains the cause for most road accidents. Overconfidence, overestimation of one’s strengths, and hope for luck lead to road accidents due to drunk driving, speeding, moving into the oncoming traffic,” he noted.

 

“Only through joint efforts can we save millions of lives on the road,” he stressed.
Nov 18, is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 60/5, is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year. On this day, many countries hold remembrance services and other related events.

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