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CAIRO – 2 June 2017: More than 5,000 people were killed in road accidents over the past year in Egypt, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said in a statement on Friday.
CAPMAS issues a monthly statistical bulletin to present the latest data on vital economic, social, and demographic indicators. In its May bulletin, the agency reported an increase in number of car accidents from 14,548 accidents in 2015 to 14,710 during the past year.
At the same time, the number of road traffic deaths decreased from 6,203 in 2015 to 5,343 over the past year.
Thousands of Egyptians die on the road every year due to traffic accidents. The country is among the 10 states enrolled in a UN program that aims to half the rate of road deaths by 2020.
Since 2014, Egypt launched a number of projects and campaigns to monitor road safety; including building new roads, maintaining dilapidated bridges and carrying out random drug tests on drivers.