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Iran is world leader in automobile-related fatalities

Based on official figures, Iran ranks first in auto-related fatalities in the world, said Iran Coroners Office in a bulletin in Tehran on Monday, IRNA reported.

It said 7,933 people died in the summer of this year registering a 20.5 percent rise compared to the same period last year. Of the figure 81.8 percent were men, the report added.

"Also, injuries were up drastically by 34.1 percent in the same period."

Transport experts blame most of the accidents on hazardous roads and reckless driving.

An official in 'Iran's Traffic Council' said here Tuesday that the country experiences an average annual increase of 10 percent in accident-related fatalities and injuries.

Mohammad Raoufi, in a meeting of provincial traffic administrators, put the number of accidents at 400,000, of which 300,000 occur in cities and urban areas and the rest on the roads.

He further said 200,000 people were injured in automobile accidents in the last Iranian year (ended March 20), of whom 21,870 people died.

Although there have been positive steps to reduce the accident-related damages, but, it is a long way to reach the desired level.

Officials have waged a campaign to urge drivers to wear seat belts to reduce the number of such unfortunate incidents.

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