Bridgestone Road deaths in Lebanon among the highest in the world
Road deaths in Lebanon among the highest in the world
2014-03-10
Road deaths in Lebanon among the highest in the world

The official figures for traffic related deaths in 2013 show that an average of 10 people were killed each week in accidents on Lebanon’s roads. ISF reported that 564 pedestrians and passengers were killed last year in crashes and collisions in Lebanon.

The official figures for traffic related deaths in 2013 show that an average of 10 people were killed each week in accidents on Lebanon’s roads. ISF reported that 564 pedestrians and passengers were killed last year in crashes and collisions in Lebanon.

This puts the total number of reported fatalities from crashes last year 12.7 deaths per 100,000, making Lebanon one of the most dangerous countries for road users in the world. While this number is marginally smaller than the year before (a modest 0.05% drop) no significant reductions have been made, unlike in other countries including a number in the Middle Eastern nations which have seen dramatic reductions in the past few years, causing concern amongst local experts and activists.

It’s not that Lebanon doesn’t have legislation, poorly maintained roads only account for part of the blame. Believe it or not there are laws that govern speed limits and harsh fines for those that break them. But, says driving safety advocacy organisation YASA, a lack of enforcement of these rules is the issue. 

Think before getting behind the wheel about whether you are safe to be driving, stick to speed limits and don’t take unnecessary risk - weaving in and out of traffic is a sure way to have an accident.
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