5 died in car crashes during Eid in Sulaimani, says official
A traffic crash between a BMW Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and Toyota Corolla taxi vehicle near Fayal village in Bakrajo sub-district, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, May 23,2021. Photo by Sulaimani Traffic Directorate’s
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – There were twenty-one logged traffic accidents in the three days of Eid al-Adha in Sulaimani governorate, leaving five people dead and dozens injured, the head of Sulaimani Traffic Directorate’s Media Department said on Sunday (May 16).
Lieutenant Colonel Bakhtyar Muhamamd, the head of Sulaimani Traffic Directorate’s Media Department, told Zhyan News Network that 39 injured in the same time span.
“There were a multitude of factors contributing to the accidents, more notably speeding,” Muhammad said. “Unfortunately, Speeding is about to become a culture among the drivers.”
“More speeding makes the drivers to lose control and increases damage rates.”
The officials said traffic accidents are on the rise compared with the previous years excluding 2020, as COVID-19-related curfews covered a large portion last year.
“170 people also died from car accidents last year. The last year was not safer.”
Traffic accidents have claimed the lives of nearly 50 people in the first five months in 2021, he added.
Known as White Terror, car accidents claim lives of hundreds of people annually in the Kurdistan Region. The authorities attribute the accidents to speeding and other factors, while driver laments the road are in disrepair.