Taroudant - Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the Moroccan government, on Wednesday announced that road accidents in Morocco lead to more than 4000 deaths each year, causing damage estimated at 14 billion dirhams ($1,80), about 2% of GDP, MAP news agency reported on Thursday.
Taroudant – Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the Moroccan government, on Wednesday announced that road accidents in Morocco lead to more than 4000 deaths each year, causing damage estimated at 14 billion dirhams ($1,80), about 2% of GDP, MAP news agency reported on Thursday.
Speaking during a plenary session of the upper house of the Parliament, Benkirane noted that Morocco occupies the first rank in the Arab world, and 6th rank worldwide.
According to the head of government, approximately 67,082 accidents occurred in 2011, an increase of 2.48% in one year (12 crashes every hour) and 4,222 people were killed in the same period (+11.75 %). The number of serious injuries reached 12,482 in 2011, an increase of 9.36% (3 injured every two hours) compared with 2010, while the number of minor injuries reached 89,529 (10 casualties per hour), an increase of 2.84%.
Benkirane said that 80% deaths in urban areas are among those without protection, 54% of pedestrians and 35% of motorcyclists and users of light vehicles.
For the number of vehicles involved in road accidents having caused casualties, he reported that it had reached 108.919 in 2011, an increase of 2.47% compared to 2010.
Regarding the underlying causes of these accidents, Benkirane indicated that the poor infrastructure and the conditions of vehicles are always presented as the main causes of road accidents. He noted however, that the human factor remains the cause of 80% of these accidents.
The head of the government pointed out that 77.7% of accident occur in the urban area for various reasons including non-compliance with traffic lights, adding that these accidents are responsible for third of casualties.
Benkirane attributed the increase in the number of accidents since the entry into force of the Traffic Act in October 2010 to a loosening in the levels of controls and the lack of strict application of the law.
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