1 dead, over 100 hurt in Herat traffic accidents during Eid
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): One person was killed and 153 others injured in traffic accidents during Eid holidays in western Herat province, officials said Thursday.
Herat Zonal Hospital Spokesman, Mohammad Shafiq Sherzai, told Pajhwok Afghan News people of different ages and from different areas were among the wounded persons.
He said most of the injured were teenagers and youths. The accidents caused due to speedy driving and carelessness.
Twenty five percent more people were wounded this Eid compared to the injured recorded in Eid-ul-Fitar, he said.
“During the first three days of Eid ul Adha, 153 people were injured and a 19 years old man killed in Herat city and 15 districts of the province,” Sherzai added.
He linked the accidents to absence of traffic signs on some roads, substandard conditions of roads, violation of traffic rules and increasing number of vehicles in Herat.
Meanwhile, provincial traffic director, Aminullah Maihanyar said that the statistics provided by the Herat Zonal Hospital were right.
He said most of the accidents were caused by motorcycles used by a large number of people specially the youth.
More than 300,000 vehicles including 60,000 of them motorcycles have registered with the traffic department in Herat , Maihanyar said.
A number of residents of Herat said most of small autos such as motorcycles and rickshaws were drove by children under 18 year of the age who were unaware of traffic rules.
Sher Ahmad, a resident of Herat city, said that rickshaw drivers played music loudly while driving and they did not care about traffic norms.
“One of the major reasons behind growing traffic accidents is motorcycle and rickshaw drivers who are mostly immiture and had no permission of driving,” he said.
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